THEN AND NOW
our intangible culture in South Galway
Celebrating folklore & storytelling for Heritage Week
with playwright Marina Carr
storyteller Rory O’ Shaughnessy
folklorist and musician PJ Curtis
and the children of Kiltartan
Saturday 15 August 2-5pm Kiltartan Gregory Museum
Saturday 22 August 2-5pm Thoor Ballylee
On Saturday, 15 August 2-5pm children are invited to come to the Kiltartan Museum 2pm-5pm to see the copybooks of the children who visited their grandparents, parents and elderly neighbours a hundred years ago, and wrote down their customs and beliefs in the copybooks which will be on view in the museum. The children of today can see the museum and embark on a similar project: to visit their older relations and neighbours and to record in notebooks or on their phones, over the months until Christmas, the ways and practices of today in beliefs, customs, cures, stories and so on. The storyteller, Rory O’ Shaughnessy, will be on hand to help, and there will be other talks outdoors, and a picnic in the museum grounds.
On the following Saturday, 22 August 2 -5pm pm, we will follow up, outdoors at Thoor Ballylee, with the children who have decided to take on the project, as well as their families and any interested people. The playwright Marina Carr will talk about Lady Gregory’s folklore collections, and about myths and legends of old – and the folklore and musical expert and historian, PJ Curtis will be present with others to picnic and to share stories and knowledge to get this enjoyable heritage project started with gusto!
Notebooks and support will be provided during this winter and we plan a booklet and recording of the findings and an award celebration in 2021.
For more contact Lelia Doolan, Yvonne Nolan, Nichola Baverstock, Rena McAllen – try 086 825 2164!