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Handed Down and Passed On

Third and fourth classes at Claremorris Boys NS 1935.  Boys from this picture were collectors. (J. Mullee, T. Ruane,T. Dowd, C. Rushe, M. Keane, V. Downey have stories).

Starting on Sunday next, September 2nd, Handed Down and Passed On is a four-part series that is gleamed from the 1937-1939 National School’s Folklore Collection (Bailiúchán na Scol). In our area we are lucky to have a rich contribution, (52 manuscripts from 49 schools and comprising 5,908 pages). Of the 49 teachers many are still remembered, and these fruits of their labours do them much credit. James P Griffith and Mary Stack, Ballindine; Karie |Walker, Balla, Mrs Bridget Hanley and Séamus Mullarkey, Taugheen; Mrs. McManus, Irishtown; An tSiúr Síle, Mount St. Michael; Seán Ó Laoire, Ballyfearna; Mrs. O’Malley, Murneen; Micheal J Kelly, Cuilltebo; Thomas Connolly, Loughaunnaman; John Costello, Meelickmore to mention but a few.

The contributions of 1930s pupils are presented by fellow townland residents and/or descendants of story collectors or story tellers from the collection.

Handed Down and Passed On will be broadcast on Sundays at 5pm, and repeated the following Tuesdays at 7pm.  The four programmes each cover one aspect of folklore and tradition:

  • Programme 1: The World of work with crafts, skills, self-sufficiency and physical hardship.
  • Programme 2: Marriages, weddings, feasts, dowries, matches, strawboys, making merry, fun and games.
  • Programme 3: Health and sickness in a time without many doctors, home cures, herbs and superstitions, the quack and the piseog saving man and beast.
  • Programme 4: Leisure and sport with great feats of strength and endurance, walking far, running fast, jumping high and long. Our heroes remembered and honoured again whether they surpassed all in games, in music or in lore.

Welcoming the Summer, a new documentary



Bealtaine – the month of May – marks the traditional Irish start of summer, with bonfires, flowers and a raft of rituals to ward off evil and promote health and growth. Join Pat Keane as he explores the evolving Irish customs practised during Bealtaine, from ancient times to contemporary festivals.

Welcoming the Summer will be broadcast:

  • Friday, April 29th at 5 pm
  • Monday, May 2nd at 2 pm

This documentary includes interviews with:

  • Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha, Professor of Old and Middle Irish and Celtic Philology at NUI Galway. Interviewed by Pat Keane
  • Clodagh Doyle, Curator at the Museum of Country Life in Turlough, Co Mayo. Interviewed by Roderick Maguire
  • Fr Frank Fahy, Ballintubber Abbey. Interviewed by Roderick Maguire
  • Anne McCarthy, Arts Officer for Mayo County Council, speaking about the annual Bealtaine Festival in Mayo with John Whittle

Produced by Celia Sheridan

This one-hour programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee, in the context of the Sound & Vision scheme.

Bealtine bonfire
Bealtaine bonfire