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Kilian DruryBy Kilian Drury
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Kilian DruryBy Kilian Drury
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About

Some people I met on the border....

Paul is the MD and founder of Frazer Ferries Group, who operate the Scenic Carlingford ferry, the easternmost border crossing on the Island.

After 10 years of development, the Ferry started operating in the Summer of 2017, by which time of course, the UK had voted to leave the EU. Despite the uncertainty this poses for a cross border ferry service, Paul is confident that they can adapt to the post brexit era, even if that means undertaking customs checks. He adds that he beleives a lot of people would rather undergo customs checks in the peace and tranquility of carlingford lough than on an M1 motorway.

The benefits that the ferry has brought to the local community is obvious. Paul told me about local schoolteachers, farmers and tradesmen that all use the ferry, even in these early stages of it's operation.

Tom runs the Clogher variety market, which although in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, lies in a unique position surrounded by the border on three sides, meaning almost all ways in or out go through the Republic of Ireland. Tom explains how the two routes from the market to the nearby town of Clones cross the border 5 or 7 times respectively.

Tom shares stories about the customs posts of the past and how many of the roads in the area were cratered or blocked and labelled "unapproved roads".

This proximity to the border has made Tom very concerned about the future, not only because of the effect it will have on local businesses and agriculture, but also because, as he puts it, re-instating a border will bring back the difference between north and south.

Valerie is from Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal, and describes herself as a political activist, who is involved with community development.

She recounts the difficulties and fear that came with crossing the border during the time of military checkpoints. Although Valerie is very clear that she doesn't want a return to the violence and fear of the past, or the difficulties that a hard border would bring to both transport and everyday people's lives, she is hopeful that in the long run it will have a positive outcome.

She hopes that even if there is a hard border, that it will push people to ask more questions, challenge the current situation, and in the long run change things for the better.

She passionately believes that Ireland would be better off outside of the EU, and hopes that current developments will lead people to question Ireland's membership. She also hopes to one day see a united Ireland, and points out that people have now been reminded that, despite the softening of the border in recent years, the border never went away.

Also from Ballyshannon, Molly has known Valerie since childhood.

The border has been an influence on Molly's life ever since her first job, which involved importing textiles from Asia. She believes that the very design of the border itself has led to a huge decline in the town over the years, as it effectively cut Ballyshannon off from it's natural hinterland, sandwiching it in a narrow corridor between the border and the sea.

Molly gives a unique insight into the border of the past, and the 'troubles' that accompanied it, including a heartfelt recounting of seeing footage of the omagh bombing on TV.

Unlike Valerie, however, she struggles to see a positive side to current developments. In fact, having her future tumbled back into uncertainty, when the border communities were just starting to get their heads above water is the final straw, as she puts it.

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The urgency and current nature of our subject matter means time is of the essence and a quick turnaround is imperative. We intend to start shooting as soon as possible once our target is met, and to turn the Film around in a matter of weeks.

Having already made a short form version, we know what we need to shoot, and intend to do as much pre-production as possible in parallel to the crowdfunding process. Hopefully this will allow to us to deliver the finished film in a very short timescale.

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