This week we cross the border and we virtually move to Northern Ireland to continue talking with TIDE project stakeholders. On this occasion, we interview Don Mc Glinchey, retired Telecommunications Engineer, who has an Advisory Role for the TIDE project partner Derry City and Strabane District Council. He tells us about his views on the project.
Why did you accept participating in TIDE? What aspect(s) attracted you to the project?
I have been involved in SCUBA diving for the past 40+ years. I am interested in local maritime history and I enjoy researching the history and stories of shipwrecks prior to visiting them. I have been lucky to have had the opportunity to visit some historic shipwrecks at home and abroad. I have also been involved with the EUF, European Underwater Federation, for the past 25+ years. Here we meet with other European organisations together with ISO ensuring that standards are met and adhered to regarding all aspects of the marine environment and maintaining diving safety standards. Furthermore, I’m currently involved with our local diving club, we usually go out at weekends depending on weather and other restrictions that may apply.
What benefit(s) would you highlight from participating in the TIDE project?
Involvement with the TIDE project has certainly broadened my views and knowledge on local maritime history and emigration, particularly its affects on local communities.
Is TIDE inspiring you to develop and market new types of multi-regional historical maritime niche tourist packages or visitor attractions?
I feel that until now certain aspects of local history has been eroded and forgotten with the passing of time and with each generation. At times we hear stories of things that happened in the not to distant past from people with a genuine interest in local history, but sadly very little is properly recorded. Now the TIDE project has an opportunity to bring all this knowledge together, developed it to a level were everyone can access it and learn from it for generations to come.