The folklore of a nation is a transient thing, often passed by word-of-mouth from generation to generation. It is most definitely the sum of its parts, every area having its own distinct tales. In Ireland, folklore is based around townlands (small areas encompassing a few farms), villages, towns, cities or counties.
Folklore is an important part of a nation's identity, and this is why, together with language, art, music, and religion, it has often been oppressed by invading nations and during occupation. Such is the case in Ireland. During the British occupation all of these were suppressed, and some were banned entirely.
After independence and the subsequent civil war (a common feature of a liberated country), the Republic of Ireland formed it's first national government. Recognising that the country's transient heritage was at risk of total loss, a commission was established to gather the nation's folklore. Here, perhaps, this story takes it's most inspired turn for it was the nation's children who were charged with the collection of stories, histories, songs, and all aspects of the old and dying national life; and they grabbed the baton and ran with it. The 'Rescued Folklore' series brings these stories to light for the first time in eighty years.