DVD project reaches out to whole community

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

THE holiday season can be a lonely time for many as thoughts turn to home but a new DVD project is bringing local life to the elderly.

THE holiday season can be a lonely time for many as thoughts turn to home but a new DVD project is bringing local life to the elderly.

Understood to be the first in the country, the Murroe News DVD project has received a very warm reception. Locals have made a DVD on local life and distributed it to six nursing homes - Milbrae Lodge, Newport; St Anthony’s, Pallasgreen; Roseville House, Killonan; Park Nursing Home, Castletroy; Milford Nursing Home, Castletroy and Rosary Hill House, Castleconnell.

The first edition was given in before Christmas and already it is on its second or third playing.

Chairman of Murroe Community Council, Fr Simon Sleeman, said that Denis O’Malley came to him with the idea.

“You come across lots of good ideas but very few of them actually get translated in to action. I said it’s a great idea but little did I know it would actually happen,” said Fr Sleeman.

At the well attended launch in Crokers before Christmas, Fr Sleeman said he “underestimated Denis O’Malley’s steely persistence and stoic perseverance”.

Ballyhoura have funded all the camera and editing equipment and around 10 locals did a four week course on film and editing. Killinure National School teacher, Jonathan Dervan, provided his expertise for the training. Overall dozens of locals are involved in everything from camera men to editors to continuity announcers to schedulers.

Ballyhoura are also supporting a TUS worker for the scheme and Transition Year students in St Joseph’s in Doon, Clodagh Buckley and Ruth O’Connor, from Murroe, are also involved in the project.

Fr Sleeman said their audience is “very definitely the elderly”.

“It’s for those who are in nursing homes or can’t get out. They are people who are not going to read the parish newsletter or the Limerick Leader due to their sight but they would watch something or listen to it on TV,” said Fr Sleeman.

The first DVD scooped many media organisation as they had an interview with President Michael D Higgins days before he was elected when he visited Glenstal.