Above: Memories - A Gateway to our Past.           Street Life, probably 1940s.                Harvest time, Dunquin, August 1968.     

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Formed in 2005, the Folklore Committee is comprised of individuals from Coillte, Kerry County Council, the Rural Social Scheme, South Kerry Development Partnership and the Trustees of Muckross House, Killarney.  Initially the Folklore Committee met in an Sheán Scoil (Irish: the old school) in Sunhill, overlooking the town of Killorglin. Nowadays the meetings take place in the nearby County Council Offices. Chaired by Councillor John O' Connor, the Committee meets, on average, about once every month.

A number of participants employed on the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) have received training in folklore collecting. The Committee were fortunate in securing the assistance of Professor Patricia Lysaght, UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, for this task.  

Mr Noel King, Tralee, also provided additional training in interview techniques. Up to May 2007, almost 70 interviews had been conducted by four RSS participants, Eileen Brosnan, Bernie O' Driscoll, Hannah O' Shea, and Breeda O' Sullivan. In August 2007, a selection of these interview were published in Lifetimes - Folklore from Kerry.

Following the success of its first publication,  the Committee continued with its task of recording the memories and recollections of people living within the county. A second publication entitled, Crossroads - Folklore from Kerry, was launched in May 2009. The Committee anticipate that a third volume will be published by the end of the year.


   Above: Boatmen, Lough Leane, Killarney. 1950s.



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