Oral Histories

“A Time of Change 2021″oral history project has resulted in a series of seven interviews with people in the district.  The interviews capture local memories passed down through families and communities relating to 100 years ago, ensuring that they are not lost to time. The Decade of Centenaries, 1912-1923, witnessed a period of tumultuous change across the island. These reminiscences record the impact of the era as it affected people in the local area. Thank you to the seven contributors for sharing their stories:

 

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, through their Good Relations programme with support from The Executive Office, is funding the interviews and the A Time of Change project.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, as part of a reminiscence and oral history project, has conducted a series of recorded interviews with seven people in the district, exploring family memories of the volatile and fraught years between 1912-1923, the legacy of which still impacts the area today.

A Time of Change 2021

"RIC Checkpoint Fermanagh/Monaghan Border" Kindly donated by James Alexander Hazlett

Ireland was officially divided into two separate political areas under the Government of Ireland Act on 23 December 1920. This was a pivotal moment in the history of the island of Ireland, with the formation of Northern Ireland and the Irish Free State. This sections looks at the border and stories of how people reacted and interacted with this new reality.

Memories of the Battle of Pettigo/Belleek

"Battle of Belleek 1922" Fermanagh County Museum Collection

This section look at the Battle of Pettigo/Belleek. Between 28th May and the 4th June 1922, Northern Specials, Free State forces, IRA and British troops fought over the isolated Belleek-Pettigo triangle on the County Fermanagh frontier with the Free State.

Memories of World War One

"6th Battalion of the Inniskilling Dragoons" Fermanagh County Museum Collection

Personal stories of the period

"Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh"

Full Recordings

We have compiled each full oral history recording below. Please listen at your leisure.

FINAL Awknowledgements