Heritage Week 2015 – The Schools Folklore Collection

Posted on: August 26, 2015

On Tuesday the 25th August CSHGS held our annual event as part of the Heritage Week Celebrations 2015. This year, the theme chosen by the Society was the Schools Folklore Collection 1837 – 1839. This extensive collection of work includes stories, tales and folklore submitted by pupils in National Schools throughout Ireland from 1937 to 1939.

The material was collected by The Irish Folklore Collection with the help of the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers Organisation.  There are 1,128 volumes in the Collection.

On the day, two presentations were held. Attendees were  given the opportunity to ask questions or seek advice in search the collection on the Dúchas website.  Visitors were also given the opportunity to view a display of  School Roll books from Killoran National School dating back to the 1860s – 1870s.

We were delighted to meet all those who attended the Schools Folklore Collection Open Day presentation.  As well as visitors from Co. Sligo, we also welcomed visitors from counties Galway,  Mayo, Dublin and also Britain and the USA.  For some it was a return visit to the centre, while for others it was their first visit. This successful event allowed interested members of the public to see, first hand, the work undertaken at Co. Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Centre.