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The Life Within, Bushmills - The Old National School

The Life Within by Bernie McGill

THE OLD NATIONAL SCHOOL - The following audio is a dramatisation of a day in the Old National School, Bushmills, in the last years of the nineteenth century https://youtu.be/-hYoGetJguU.

It is one of five linked audio plays that are designed to be heard in the following order: Shell Row; the Old National School (later Legion Hall); Clock Tower & Market Square; the Old Court House, and the Bushmills Inn (formerly Kane’s Commercial & Family Hotel).

This project was commissioned by Big Telly Theatre Company and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) – Sharing Heritage Programme with support from the Police Service of Northern Ireland and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. 

Special thanks to Bushmills Folklore & History Group and their publication Portcaman, to Art Ward, Raymond McMullan and Antony Macnaghten, and to all the people of Bushmills who contributed stories.

Written by Bernie McGill

Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin

Miss Richardson: Catherine Wegwermer

Molly: Caitlin Bell-Porter

Susan: Donna, Millianne and Alesha (members of Little Divas, Bushmills)

Rita: Donna, Millianne and Alesha (members of Little Divas, Bushmills)

Jenny: Donna, Millianne and Alesha (members of Little Divas, Bushmills)

Mixed and edited by Darren Murphy

Recorded in Ground Coffee Shop, Bushmills, with thanks.

Did you know?

The Life Within, Bushmills - Shell Row
The Life Within, Bushmills - The Clock Tower & Market Square
The Life Within, Bushmills - The Old Court House and The Bushmills Inn