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Charlie McHugh

Interviewed by Cameron Russell / photos by Malcolm McGettigan

Cameron: How long have you lived in the area?
Charlie: 83 years.

Cameron: What’s a fond memory you have of living here?
Charlie: There are a few memories I have- going to the water pump to collect water, moving into our house, and watching the horses come along the road.

Cameron: Have you seen this community come back from hard times before?
Charlie: Yes, it was hard to get to school but it is more accessible now.

Cameron: What are some things that have helped you through lockdown and what brings you joy?
Charlie: Working with Finn Harps and visits from family helped me though lockdown.

Cameron: What does community mean to you? What sort of things are you doing now to stay connected to your community and family?
Charlie: I visit with and get phone calls from children and grandchildren to stay connected. I help out out at Finn Harps to stay connected to community.

Cameron: What message do you want to share for yourself and this community in 10 years time?
Charlie: For young people to enjoy and focus on their education and take care of their health.

Cameron’s experience with the project: “A fun way to connect with others in the community.”

Pictured below is Cameron’s creative response to his interview with Charlie: a collage of photos representing Charlie’s work volunteering with the Finn Harps. Also shown are images from Charlie’s shoot with Malcolm McGettigan.

Charlie McHugh

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