Untitled Story, by Peter Conlon (story video) Deposited

Story Title: Untitled Story, by Peter Conlon

Collection: The Memory Project (collection)
Organisation: Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd. (organisation)

The video interview with Peter Conlon was carried out by Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd. as part of The Memory Project.

Peter Conlon gives an account of his time policing the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

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Title
Untitled Story, by Peter Conlon (story details)
Description
The video interview with Peter Conlon was carried out by Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd. as part of The Memory Project. It is one of 12 video interviews. The film interview was recorded at Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon, Republic of Ireland on 6 October 2013.
At the time of the interview Peter Conlon was a former member of An Garda Síochána, Republic of Ireland.
Creator
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Publisher
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Date
2013
Format
Video
Language
English
CAIN Chronology: Loyalist bomb, Ballyshannon (19 October 1969)
CAIN: Sutton's Index of Deaths: Thomas McDowell
Story Title
Untitled Story, by Peter Conlon
Story Available
Yes
Story Format
Video
Story Source
The story has been deposited with Accounts of the Conflict.
Film interview NOT yet available at The Memory Project website.
Interview transcript is available:
http://www.smashingtimes.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Interview-with-Peter-Conlon-Transcript-The-Memory-Project-Smashing-Times-Theatre-Company1.pdf
Interviewee Surname
Conlon
Interviewee Forename(s)
Peter
Interviewee Gender
Male
Religion
Catholic
Birth Country
Republic of Ireland
Nationality
Irish
Occupation during conflict
Member of An Garda Síochána
Status
Former member of An Garda Síochána (Irish police)
Story Abstract
Peter Conlon gives an account of his time policing the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
Themes/Topics Mentioned
Policing;
Border roads;
Concession roads;
Dates Mentioned
1969 [1960s]; December 1971 [1970s]
Events Mentioned
Loyalist bomb, Ballyshannon (19 October 1969);
Armed robbery;
Places Mentioned
Clones [County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland];
Ballyshannon [County Donegal, Republic of Ireland];
Belleek [County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland];
Organisations Mentioned
Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF)
Specific Deaths Mentioned
Thomas McDowell (19 October 1969)

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Title
Untitled Story, by Peter Conlon (story video)
Description
The video interview with Peter Conlon was carried out by Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd. as part of The Memory Project.
Creator
Smashing Times Theatre Company
Publisher
Smashing Times Theatre Company
Date
6 October 2013
Format
Video
Language
English
Transcription
Transcript available
Original Format
Video
Duration
23 minutes 40 seconds
Compression
MPEG-4
Interviewee
Peter Conlon

Collection InformationShowHide

Title
The Memory Project (collection)
Description
"The Memory Project is an exciting, innovative arts programme that uses drama and theatre to deal with the past and build pathways for the future and to promote peace, reconciliation and mutual understanding in Northern Ireland and the southern border counties.
The project is run by Smashing Times Theatre Company in collaboration with Corrymeela Community / Irish Peace Centres and is funded through the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the PEACE III Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
The project consists of a series of creative storytelling happenings, workshops and dramatic performances, along with a television documentary which will be made to record the process." (from the Smashing Times Theatre Company website)
In addition to the 12 filmed interviews (involving 15 interviewees), the project also produced an hour-long documentary entitled 'The Memory Project: Stories from the Shadows' which documented the work of the theatre company, over the course of two years, as it carried out the project.
Two theatre productions were also presented as part of The Memory Project.
Creator
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Publisher
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd.
Date
2015
Stories Collected
12
Stories Deposited
11

Organisation InformationShowHide

Title
Smashing Times Theatre Company Ltd. (organisation)
Description
"Smashing Times is a professional theatre and film company involved in performance, training and participation. The work is underpinned by a rights-based approach and a commitment to artistic excellence and social engagement. The company has four high profile patrons – Sabina Higgins, Áras an Uachtaráin First Lady; Joan Freeman, CEO, Pieta House; Ger Ryan, Actor; and Tim Pat Coogan, Author and Historian.
The company was established in 1991 by a group of women actors, who met at the Focus Theatre, Dublin. These women were interested in challenging the elitist position that theatre sometimes holds in Irish society. Today the work takes place at local, national and transnational levels and is presented in a range of settings from the professional theatre space to on tour in schools and communities where we are invited to work with people collaboratively." (from the Smashing Times Theatre website)
Smashing Times has undertaken a number of projects and The Memory Project (2012-2015) involved story-telling related to the Northern Ireland conflict.
Date Formed
1991
Status
In operation (checked February 2015)
Address
Coleraine House
Coleraine Street
Dublin 7
Ireland
Telephone
+ 353 (0) 1 8656613
Email
freda@smashingtimes.ie

Citation

Smashing Times Theatre Company. (6 October 2013). Untitled Story, by Peter Conlon (story video). Smashing Times Theatre Company.
Accounts of the Conflict; Accessed: 18 August 2017 <http://accounts.ulster.ac.uk/repo24/index.php/items/show/3479>

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