Above: Pastimes, probably 1940s.                        Window Shopping, probably 1940s.              Dingle, Wren Boys, St Stephen's Day 1958.               

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The Folklore Committee's first publication, Lifetimes - Folklore from Kerry, was published in August 2007. This volume contains a selection of personal recollections from 31 individuals within the county.

The foreword was provided by Professor Patricia Lysaght,    UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore  and  the  National Folklore Collection,  University College Dublin. 

Published by Doghouse, a non-profit making company and edited by Noel King, the book was launched at Muckross House, Killarney. The cover design, entitled Portach [Irish:bog], is by Jacinta Scully Usher.The Committee were delighted with the local response to the publication, which sold out within weeks.


            Blennerville, with stump of windmill at right, probably 1950s.


A second publication, Crossroads - Folklore from Kerry, was launched in the Red Fox Inn, Glenbeigh, by Mícheal Ó Muircheartaigh on 15 May 2009. With a foreword by Garbiel Rosenstock, and a cover design by Anne-Marie Glasheen. this volume was once again edited by Noel King.

A total of 58 interviews were conducted by Ann Doyle, John Egan, Kevin Griffin, Anna McCarthy, Catherine O' Callaghan, Pat O' Neill, Hanna O' Shea and Breeda O' Sullivan. Twentyone of these are published in the present volume, while the  Committee anticipate that the remainder will be published in a third volume later this year.  


                    Sheaves of oats, Dunquin, 1968.


If you would like to purchase a copy of Crossroads - Folklore from Kerry, you may do so by contacting Kevin Griffin at kgriffin@skdp.net.



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