COMHAIRLE NA NÓG AND MONAGHAN OLDER PEOPLE’S NETWORK PROVE THAT STEREOTYPES EXIST TO BE BROKEN

6 October 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Cianna McNally

A collaborative effort between a group of young and older people to tackle the issue of intergenerational stereotypes has resulted in the production of a short film that is well worth a watch.

‘Breaking the Stereotypes’ is the brainchild of Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg members, assisted by members of Monaghan Older People’s Network. Monaghan Comhairle na nÓg is a sub-group of Monaghan Co Council made up of teenagers from the 12 secondary schools in Co Monaghan.

The former courthouse building in Clones was packed to capacity on Friday last for the launch of the DVD by Arts Minister, Heather Humphreys. This entertaining event included contributions from Comhairle na nÓg members, guest speakers Castleblayney playwright and director John McArdle and Monaghan ladies footballer, Laura McEnaney, and a special screening of ‘Breaking the Stereotypes.’

The Comhairle na nÓg members were assisted in the making of their five-minute film by Monaghan man Diarmuid McCleary, who was described at the launch event as “a local genius” and warmly thanked for his efforts. The film was shot over two days back in June and various parts of Monaghan feature in it. The message the Comhairle na nÓg members wanted to get across with it was this: No matter what age you are stereotypes exist to be broken. Be the person you want to be.

“HUGE BENEFITS TO INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING”
In her address, Minister Humphreys commended everybody involved in the project and said that intergenerational learning had huge benefits, which flowed both ways.
Older people can give the younger generation an appreciation of what life was like decades ago, of the changes a local community may have gone through, of the troubles and challenges overcome. And young people can give older people a new perspective, and a…
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