Archive films of Ballinascreen to be screened in New Year

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AT the January meeting of Ballinascreen Historical Society, Patsy McShane will reawaken many local memories with a showing of two archive films about the district.

The screening will be held in the Conference Room of the former Plantation Centre at 50, High Street, Draperstown (the new Library building), which is now the regular venue for Historical Society meetings. It will begin at 8pm on Tuesday, January 7, and as usual all visitors are very welcome to attend.

One of the films was produced by the Society itself in 1986 while the other, ‘No Poor Parish,’ was a UTV production made just two years later.

On sale at the meeting will be copies of the Society’s 2013 publication ’Screen Spirit,’ which was launched recently and has almost sold out. Priced at £7.50, in the book Canadian exile Frank Kelly takes a sideways look at the pubs and pub culture of Draperstown.

And, as a follow-up to the recent highly-successful talk by Russell Rees, the Society has been able to obtain a limited number of copies of A D McDonnell’s 2001 biography of the early 20th century politician and native of Cahore Sir Denis Henry. Copies of this biography will also be available to purchase at the January meeting.