Titled “Changing Times”, the documentary is a Family Moments Family Memories production, produced and presented by Eileen Mc Carthy Thompson and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, creatively tells the story of the changing symbolism of the Clock Gate Tower, once seen as a symbol of terror and tyranny and now a beacon of hope for a town where tourism is being accepted as its future.
The documentary mainly focuses on John Mc Grath ,who was born in the Clock Gate and his memories of living in the clock linked with other contributors that help tell the story of the Clocks colourful past from gaol and public gallows to family home and museum to abandonment and now being conserved and reopened to the public.
With over 300 years of history and an exciting future expected for this iconic landmark with it’s doors to be opened to the public by May 2016, this is a documentary not to be missed. Eileen who last year produced and presented four 56 min documentaries on Youghals 100 year old Pipe Band following them to the World Pipie Band Championships in Scotland looks for the human stories in her work and in doing so on this documentary aimed at portraying, “ the Clock Gate as a soulful artefact whose tick of the Clock is it’s heartbeat and it’s life story is that of all the generations past and present that have come in contact with the building.” Eileen worked closely with editor Warren Tivy at Claycastle recording studio Youghal to bring this intriguing story to life . A documentary definitely worth a listen.