If you were part of the 1930’s school project that helped collect Irish folklore then you may sought to help a new project.
If you were or know of someone who was, the National Folklore Collection, UCD and RTÉ would like to hear from you.
County Donegal is one of the first counties in Ireland to have the volumes from the 1930s Schools’ Manuscripts Collection available on-line at www.duchas.ie
In order to celebrate the release of this fascinating archive, the National Folklore Collection and RTÉ are producing a documentary on the Schools’ Folklore Collection in County Donegal which will be recorded in mid-April.
“The collection provides a unique insight into folk life and folklore in County Donegal in the late 1930s,” said Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer. “We hope that people who were schoolchildren in the late 1930s will get in contact to share their recollections and help to tell the story of this wonderful collection.”
The Irish Folklore Commission / Coimisiún Béaloideasa Éireann was established in 1935 to study and collect information on the folklore and traditions of Ireland.
Over a period of eighteen months, over 100,000 children in 5,000 primary schools in twenty-six counties were encouraged to collect folklore material in their home districts on themes such as local history and monuments, folktales and legends, riddles and proverbs, songs, customs and beliefs, games and pastimes, traditional work practices and crafts.
As part of the implementation of the County Donegal Heritage Plan, the County Donegal Heritage Forum and the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council commissioned a booklet on the 1930s Schools’ Collection in County Donegal written by Dr. Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair, Royal Irish Academy.
The booklet will be launched this spring. If you were involved in the collection of material as a National School pupil in the 1930s or know of someone who was, please contact the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council, Lifford on (074) 917 2576 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn, National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin on (01) 716 8219 or by e-mail at email@example.com