Celebrating The Women of South Armagh's Heritage: 5 Short Documentaries

The "Changing the Narrative" films explore and celebrate women's roles in rural South Armagh and the rich traditions, stunning landscape and heritage of the area. Heavily associated as a paramilitary stronghold during the Troubles era, the powerful films look into everyday life in the past and present as well as the women's hopes and aspirations for the future.

“Changing the Narrative” was a 3-month engagement programme led by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) for the Women in the Archives strand of Making The Future. 

Twenty four participants, aged from 13 to 70, got involved in researching and learned a range of new filmmaking techniques. They produced the five thought-provoking short films below:


Voices of Gullion (6min) 

The film explores language, song tradition and South Armagh’s stunning landscape. Available in English and Irish.

The Threads That Bind Us (18min) 

The film offers an insight into the rich tradition of lace-making and the pieces that bind women together across generations. 


Breaking The Mould (17min) 

The film celebrates and explores the involvement of local women in a variety of sports, such as camogie, netball, hill walking and football.  

Women in Farming (17min) 

Three farmers from different generations come together for a table conversation about the past, the present and the future of farming. 

ROGHA (6min) 

The film shows how the unique heritage and majesty of the Ring of Gullion has inspired a community of local hand crafters and artists to form the ROGHA collective.

DVDs will be available soon and can be requested for libraries and schools. Email Laura Aguiar to place a request: laura.aguiar@communities-ni.gov.uk

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Celebrating The Women of South Armagh's Heritage: 5 Short Documentaries
Celebrating The Women of South Armagh's Heritage: 5 Short Documentaries
Celebrating The Women of South Armagh's Heritage: 5 Short Documentaries
Celebrating The Women of South Armagh's Heritage: 5 Short Documentaries
Celebrating The Women of South Armagh's Heritage: 5 Short Documentaries

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