In 1937 an initiative between the Irish Folklore Commission, the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers Organisation was launched to encourage school children to collect and record the folklore and local history of their home areas.
Several thousand primary school children participated and the results of the initiative comprise the Schools’ Manuscript Collection, which is part of the National Folklore Collection in UCD.
Many years later and as a result of the advances in technology, a Dúchas project was initiated in 2012 to take material from the Schools’ Collection and create and develop a digital archive so as to make the material available for public viewing. Fiontar, DCU created the digital archive and the aim is to make a significant portion of the Schools’ Collection available for public viewing at www.duchas.ie by 2016.
You can view material from St Feichin’s School, Abbey where many submissions from past pupils, listed below, can be read, downloaded and printed out.
Annie Mullin submitted 19 articles in total.
Michael Lynch had 15 stories or articles included in the collection.
Gay Roche submitted 21 articles.
Dillie Abberton submitted 11 stories.
Mary Kate Joynt also submitted 11 stories.
Nellie Hynes had 8 articles published.
Justina Holohan submitted 10 articles/stories.
Neil Conroy had 24 articles/stories published.
Therese Holohan submitted 22 articles/stories.
Nancy Madden submitted 18 articles.
Ellen Welsh submitted 1 article on ‘My Home District’ describing Barnaboy.
The following are the links to other schools in this area:
Duniry – Submissions from Duniry were as Gaeilge from Mícheál O’Conaill, Oide and Pádraig O’Dearbháin.
Ballinakill – Submissions from Eileen Dervan, Eugene Monahan, Anthony Cooney, Mona Donohoe, Michael Goonan, Emily Murray, Thomas Martin, John Martin, Martin Whelan, Eva Whyte, Lucy Martin, Willie Dervan, Patrick Martin, Hugh Martin, Mary Goonan, Bridie Cosgrave, Kathleen Comar, Nicholas Larkin, Rita Comar and Patrick Cosgrave.