Super 8 Stories: Strabane Carnival







03 October 2004 (first transmission)


03min 44sec




Super 8





BBC NI, Doubleband Films, Michael Kennedy

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The annual carnival held in Strabane during the 1950s is remembered by Michael Kennedy (son of the film-maker) and Brenda Mellon with footage of sports and old style amusement rides. This clip appeared in Series 2, Programme 1 of Super 8 Stories.


Michael Kennedy remembers how his father, William a publican at the time, filmed the local events in Strabane during the 1950s which were included in ‘Super 8 Stories’ and which are now part of the Digital Film Archive. “He was very interested in local history and photography. He was involved in fund-raising for the parish so he showed films in the local hall, then filmed events specially to show them”. Shows were also set up at home for the family. “Each Sunday evening we gathered in the sitting room to view the films which had been returned by post after processing”. Michael took up the film making habit himself and is thrilled that there is still an interest in his father’s films all these years later. “My father passed away in 1969 but I continued with the Super 8 format and then onto video. If my father knew that his films were still in demand and ‘doing the rounds’ he would be very pleased”.

Shot List

Collage of dodgems, sports and marching band. Donkey racing and cycling. Fancy dress parade. Chair-o-planes and other amusement rides. Man being served at ice cream stand. Uniformed girls marching. Children posing in fancy dress. Children participating in sports day. Various amusement rides.


Narrator - Maire Jones; Camera - Michael Quinn; Sound - David Kilpatrick, Kevin McCarthy; Music Consultants - Jim Meredith, Ralph McLean; Production Accountant - Anne Hegarty; Production Assistant - Tammy Moore; Dubbing - One Zero Zero; Online Editor - Alan Perry; Researcher - Ronan Feely; Archivist - Evan Marshall; Assistant Producer - Jenny Waugh; Executive Producers - Deirdre Devlin, Michael Hewitt; Editor - Greg Darby; Producer - Diarmuid Lavery; Director - Brian Henry Martin



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