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Over the last two weeks, Claremorris Community Radio has visited NINE local schools to record some wonderful Christmas singing and music.

For their warm welcomes and beautiful singing and playing, thank you to the pupils and staff of:

Ballyhaunis Community School
Barnacarroll NS
Boys’ NS, Claremorris
Convent Primary School, Claremorris
Gaelscoil Uileog De Búrca
Kiltimagh St Louis CS
Mayo Abbey NS
Meelickmore NS
Mount St Michael Secondary School, Claremorris

You can hear their performances in three different broadcasts on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephen’s Day:

Barnacarroll NS: Christmas Eve at 11.00.

Ballyhaunis Community School, Gaelscoil Uileog De Búrca, Kiltimagh St Louis CS, Mayo Abbey NS, Meelickmore NS, Mount St Michael Secondary School: Christmas Day at 17.00.

Boys’ NS and Convent Primary School: St Stephen’s Day at 16.00.

(These broadcasts will also showcase adverts created this month by the brilliant TY Enterprise students from Ballyhaunis CS, Kiltimagh St Louis CS, and St Colman’s College.)

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.

Back to Bekan school

Everyone who enjoyed last month’s School around the Corner-style show from Bekan National School will be delighted to hear that on Tuesday next, July 3rd, Claremorris Community Radio will broadcast a second programme of recordings from the school.

This time the show will feature the pupils of 4th and 5th class, under the guidance of their teacher, Mr. O’Gara. The children discuss the World Cup, their projects, school trips, pets and the school’s International Day. They also perform on their musical instruments and participated in a sing-song!

The show will be broadcast on July 3rd and July 4th, at 7pm on both days.