The 1930s Folklore Commission and West Inishowen: 19 Nov 2015 (19.10-21.00)

On November 9, 2015 by admin

The Exchange, Castle Avenue, Buncrana, 19 November 2015, 19.10-21.00

An introductory talk about the Folklore Commission in West Inishowen during the late 1930s from WIHHS chairperson Dr Michael Liam Gorry, and reading of material taken from the original manuscripts by present day pupils from selected west Inishowen national schools (including Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, and St. Egney’s, Desertegney). All welcome. Refreshments will be provided free of charge (donations as always welcome). More information available here


‘In 1937 the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, initiated a revolutionary scheme in which schoolchildren were encouraged to collect and document folklore and local history.
Over a period of eighteen months some 100,000 children in 5,000 primary schools in the twenty-six counties of the Irish Free State were encouraged to collect folklore material in their home districts. The topics about which the children were instructed to research and write included local history and monuments, folktales and legends, riddles and proverbs, songs, customs and beliefs, games and pastimes, traditional work practices and crafts, etc. The children collected this material mainly from their parents and grandparents and other older members of the local community or school district. Now known as the Schools’ Manuscript Collection, the scheme resulted in more than half a million manuscript pages of valuable material.’

12193672_945697125502168_7235030432712327419_nHaymaking in Desertegeney in the first half of the 20th century. Note the now demolished Maginn Memorial Church (closed and demolished c.1964) on the right and the parochial hall on the left. St. Patrick’s Girl’s school is to the right of the bale of hay.


Printable poster available here: WEST INISHOWEN HISTORY Folklore Poster

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