Leixlip has been chosen to be the subject of a six part documentary film about next year’s Gathering, an event that is aimed at bringing Irish migrants back to the country, writes Henry Bauress.
Animo Television will be filming in the town at the end of this month for an RTE documentary to be broadcast in October and November. Former Town Commissioner and historian, John Colgan, said he has bene asked to help locate suitable candidates for filming.
Mr. Colgan, a member of the Leixlip History Club, who has written a history of the town said that ideally, well-known persons who have left the area and settled elsewhere, would help the project. Mr. Colgan said he is planning to have a ‘Colgan Day’ during 2013 for persons of this and related names such as Culligan, McColgan. He also said it would help the Leixlip History Club if people could keep it informed of any contacts you make with the crew below. Animo Television spokesperson, Cliona Ni Chrulaoi, said this episode will form part of a six-part documentary series about The Gathering Ireland 2013 which is about the people of Ireland throwing open our arms and inviting anyone with a connection to our country to come and visit next year.
“It’s about asking anyone who has Irish blood, a link to Ireland, or even just a love of our country - to join us for a series of amazing and diverse events throughout 2013.
She said the events will range from clan gatherings where people will discover their roots, to rugby clubs inviting foreign teams to their sevens tournament, and groups of international business colleagues conferencing in Ireland.
Ms. Ni Chrualaoi said the want to include some personal stories about Irish people who left Leixlip and are now living abroad. “We would like to hear from local people if they have a friend or family member who emigrated from Leixlip at any time over the last 60 years. They may have lost touch or they may still be in regular contact.”
Animo also wants to hear about the ideas that people in Leixlip have for The Gathering next year, however big or small. They can be completely new ideas or plans that are already underway. Anyone who can help should contact: Cleona Ní Chrualaoi with your personal stories or plans for The Gathering firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 087-3296776 / 01-646824 before 16 August.
- Henry Bauress