Kilgeever Parish Schools Folklore Collection

In 1937 the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education, set a task to every National School in the Republic of Ireland to record and preserve Irish traditions and customs.

Schools’ Folklore Scheme (1937-38)

It was felt stories and traditions which were once passed down through the generations would unfortunately be lost if they were not recorded, indeed this may have been the last time these stories were re-told. Our local schools 1937 collection is archived in Mayo County library Castlebar.

Today, in conjunction with the National Museum of Ireland Turlough and Louisburgh-Killeen Heritage website, a similar 2012 story collection project has been undertaken with both Primary schools in the Kilgeever parish. The following is a collection of oral stories recorded by the senior pupils from both Killeen Holy Family National School and St. Patricks National School in Louisburgh.

The students were given topics to choose from such as "Old Crafts", "Sever Weather", "Old Schools" and "Famine Times", to name but a few. Each student interviewed a relative, friend or neighbour and then in their own words told the story. The work the students have achieved is very impressive and deserves much accolade. It is a credit not only to their teachers but also to the wealth of knowledge from the story tellers and the student’s pride in their community.