The Notre Dame Club of New York City and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies are hosting a special online screening of the 60-minute social documentary/oral history film "Nets of Memory."
Co-developed by William Donaruma (Notre Dame Department of Film, Television, and Theater) and Keough-Naughton Institute Faculty Fellow Ian Kuijt (Notre Dame Department of Anthropology), "Nets of Memory" explores the Irish immigrant experience, traditional fishnet and currach boat making, and the creation of social memory associated with crafts, fishing, and relocation. Faculty Fellow Mary O'Callaghan, (Notre Dame Department of Irish Language and Literature, is the film's narrator.
Patrick Griffin, Madden-Hennebry Professor of History and Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute, will introduce the hour-long film. It will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and two of the film's participants.
More on "Nets of Memory":
To Irish emigrants living in American cities and towns, a fishing net or currach was not just an economic tool, object, or asset; rather it provided an entry into the emotional landscape of memory, belonging, and place. Drawing together historical research and contemporary interviews, "Nets of Memory" explores how islanders from northwestern Connemara, Ireland—from the 19th to the 21st century—engaged in making traditional fishing nets and currachs when they moved overseas.
The film provides insight into the contemporary personal challenges of global Irish migration and, historically, how islanders moving to America adjusted to foreign urban spaces as they balanced economic necessity, the futures of their children, and the personal sacrifice of leaving Ireland, their traditional homes and the Sea.
More on the Coastal Ireland: Heritage and Place YouTube channel: HERE
Register by 10 March 8 pm