Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Farming Life in Tyrone and Fermanagh

Details

Location

Carrickmore, Fermanagh

Year

1970s

Source

Doubleband Films

Format

Super 8

colour

Length

05min 26sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

Doubleband Films, Patrick Murphy

Rights Holder

Patrick Murphy

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Description

Opening scenes of farming life in Tyrone (farm situated near Carrickmore), followed by scenes shot around a farm in County Fermanagh, during the 1970s. Sections of this footage were included in the Super 8 Story, 'Teaching in Zambia'.

Notes

In the 1970s Patrick Murphy had only recently qualified as a primary school teacher and had just got married when he decided to take up a three year teaching contract in Zambia before returning home to settle down. He took up Super 8 film making with his Canon Super 8 auto zoom S18, 'to enable me to keep a record of my experiences during my time abroad for my own benefit and to share with family and friends upon my return home'. The films were obviously watched by many people Patrick knew upon his return, eager to share in his experience and he can also recall, 'being asked to show them to several other young people who were intending to spend time in Zambia'. Patrick continued with his Super 8 hobby when he settled back down to life in Northern Ireland: 'I used Super 8 for about 15 years and have been using various types of video cameras since. I transferred all my old Super 8 material to video for ease of access. I still watch them maybe two or three times a year - and I still have a working projector, screen etc.' Patrick is in no doubt about what his films mean to him today. 'I feel that they are treasures. I have records of my family growing up in the 1970s and 80s (recorded meticulously at Xmas and birthdays). Holidays in the UK and Europe. School life in the 1970s. Weddings and special occasions - if the house went on fire they’d be the first items I’d seek to rescue'.

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