Rescued Folklore, Histories and Songs from Ireland's South West

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In 1937, the Irish Folklore Commission issued guidance to National Schools countrywide for the collection of stories, folklore, songs, and histories; the pupils of Ireland’s schools were charged with the collection, curation, and transcription of the nation’s oral history. The author of this guidance, distributed by the Department of Education, put it thus. ‘The task is an urgent one, for in our time most of this important national oral heritage will have passed away forever.’ ‘Passed away’ was an apt turn of phrase. Many of these stories had lived and evolved for centuries, passed by word of mouth from generation to generation. Their continuing decline risked the loss of an invaluable and irreplaceable treasure, a quintessentially Irish strand of local and national identity. Here, the folklore of Crookhaven, Lissagriffin, Goleen, Toormore, Schull, and Ballydehob, are presented in print for the first time.

Reviews of Mizen

"A wonderful rediscovery of history, tradition and song from one of the most beautiful places on this breathtaking planet."  


Sam Lee - Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, winner of best traditional song (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016), song collector, broadcaster, animateur, and naturalist.

A piece of Irish escapism. A Treasured and valuable piece of Irish history. If you have an interest in Irish folklore then this is the book for you. A clever and insightful piece of writing. A book you can dip in and out of easily."  


Julie A. Daly - Amazon review

"[...] Folklore is something you normally associate with the distant past, but there is an intimate quality to the voices in the stories [...] It would make a great gift for an expat from the area and is EXACTLY the kind of book you'd want to be able to look at if you were staying in a cottage or AirBnB in the area."


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