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Gathering Heritage Animated Series


GH stillToday sees the launch of the Gathering Heritage Animated Series capturing colourful and meaningful stories from a bygone Ireland on film. We want to capture and convey the life stories of people who have lived interesting lives through an animated series. We have created a 1 minute animatic as a taster, but this campaign is to create a 5 minute episode to a professional level ready for TV and the Web.  The 1 minute animatic is a showcase of part of a life story from Eileen White who moved to the UK in her teens and spent most of her life away.


Our campaign needs to raise €11,500 to create a full 5 minute professional episode so we are running a Crowd Funding camping on Indiegogo to get the support of the Irish home and abroad to bring this series to life.

We need to fund the animation process which takes a lot of time and loving care. This kind of love costs money but it’s worth it. We also need to pay to record the interviews, edit the recordings and capture the heritage digitally, but the end product is scalable, sellable and enduring, capturing Irish memories of old and giving it a permanent place in our future.


Other Ways You Can Help


But if you can’t spare some funds just now for the project then we still want your help

$1·         Please share our campaign through your own Social Networks.

$1·         Please send the animatic clip to anyone in your network  who values Irish Heritage (especially if they have Irish roots)

$1·         Please raise awareness of this project as a way to capture Oral Histories before they disappear with the passing of time.


$1·         Please vote for us at the Oscars... when the time comes.

For further information call Jason McGee on +353 863844472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Harry Lee video interview about the Gathering History Project


Harry Lee talks to Gene Yore from the Dundalk Democrat about the Gathering History Project 

RTE Chairman Tom Savage talks to Harry Lee for the Gathering History Project


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In early October RTE Chairman and Cooley native took time out from his busy schedule to talk to Harry Lee for the Gathering History Project. Tom who is from the Bush area of Cooley spoke about his love for GAA, growing up in Louth, becoming a priest and then leaving to become a journalist. He then moved into PR and Communications field. Tom then spoke about a chance encounter with RTE where he has progressed to become chairman. The interview sparked a media flurry as Tom gave his views about current changes in the RTE schedule and in particular Pat Kennys move away to another station. Tom also mentioned his pride in having his well know son Anton Savage involved in the media business who's star on the rise. Listen this fascsinating interview here ->

Vote now for Louth’s Gathering History in the Arthur Guinness Project Fund



ArthurGuinnessProjectsLouth’s Gathering History Project has successfully made it through to the Arthur Guinness Projects funding scheme.

Project Co-ordinators Harry Lee and Jason McGee along with County Museum curator Brian Walsh are now asking for the public’s support in helping the unique Louth-based project be in with a chance to share in the €3m fund.

The aim of the Gathering History Project is to create an historical archive using the voices of those from the county who have left these shores and who are happily sharing their life stories.

To date, participants include ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ Hollywood director John Moore, who filmed his own interview in LA, speaking of the people who led him on to a phenomenal career.

Jim Corr sparked international speculation of a Corrs reunion in his interview with the Gathering History Project - hinting it was 95% certain the group would reunite.

Most recently, Louth native and US sports broadcaster , Tommy Smyth, spoke of his hopes for US Vice President Joe Biden to visit Louth and also of the importance of Mr Biden and other senior US figures acknowledging and promoting their Irish roots.

Initially a project under The Gathering initiative, it is now hoped to continue on and expand the Louth project which is where the Arthur Guinness Project funding would be invaluable.

Harry Lee explains: “I am hearing fascinating stories and we have received some great international attention for this project, portraying Louth in a very positive light. To receive Arthur Guinness Project funding would mean we could target continuing with the project beyond The Gathering year.”

Jason McGee adds: “The proof of The Gathering’s success will be to extend initiatives beyond 2013. That is what we are hoping to do – build a legacy. The Gathering History Louth Project can be extended and indeed expanded across the country. There is amazing potential there and we would love to go forward with it.”

County Museum curator, Brian Walsh is eager to see the continuation of The Gathering History Project and believes the Arthur Guinness Project fund could play a major role. “We are more than happy to be involved with the Gathering History Project and facilitate Harry’s interviews here in the Museum.

“What is important to remember is that many people are in Ireland right now seeking out their genealogy. The Gathering History Project is a major genealogy tool of the future. It’s not just seeking out information on paper. These are the voices of generations. Those who come after us will be able to listen to their relatives and hear the tone and emotion in their voice when they speak. You can’t put all that down on paper.”

To vote for the Gathering History Louth initiative for inclusion in the Arthur Guinness Project fund log on to

Voting closes on Friday, August 23, 2013.


The Gathering History Project - Shortlisted for IIA Award



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