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Colm Wilson

Interviewed by Hannah May O’Donnell / photos by Malcolm McGettigan

Hannah: How long have you lived in the area?
Colm: 68 years.

Hannah: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Colm: My teacher in primary school who was the biggest influence for me.

Hannah: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Colm: Clonmany Parish was always one of the poorest parishes in Inishowen. But now more than ever before, Clonmany has an opportunity through tourism and technology to rise and an educated young person no longer needs to leave Clonmany.

Hannah: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Colm: Family and going for walks brought me joy during lockdown.

Hannah: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Colm: Community is the beating heart and soul of Clonmany. I stay connected through projects organised by the Community Centre and through the varied local social media sites online.

Hannah: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Colm: Be positive, love and be loved, and take advantage of the opportunities which are presenting right now.

Pictured below are images from Colm’s shoot with photographer Malcom McGettigan.

Colm Wilson

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