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Event: Cultural Heritage in South Galway – Then and Now

Kiltartan Gregory Museum

Project Organisers: Rena McAllen and Lelia Doolan

An exhibition (15th August) and outdoor talks, walks and picnic (22nd August) to showcase Lady Gregory’s studies of Folklore, to view the copybooks of the 1937 Kiltartan Schools Collection and to invite local schoolchildren to participate in a project which will repeat those researches into today’s storytelling, song and lore.


Exhibition: Saturday, 15th August at 2pm in the Kiltartan Gregory Museum.

The Kiltartan Gregory Museum will host an exhibition of the historic copybooks from the Kiltartan School Collection including readings and recordings of the material, and the folklore of Lady Gregory, for the participating Kiltartan School’s children, their families and neighbours. The exhibition will be followed by a picnic and outdoor workshop with local historian Sister Mary de Lourdes Fahy and new tales from local storyteller Ruairi O’Shaughnessy (a descendant of King Guaire) and other folklorists.


Outdoor Talks, Walks & Picnic: Saturday, 22nd August at 2pm at Thoor Ballylee.

Speakers including Marina Carr and PJ Curtis will revive an exploration, among children, their family members and neighbours of current lore relating to the matters covered by Lady Gregory’s writings on folklore, myths and, after her death in 1932, through the Schools’ Collection of the later thirties.


For further details please visit https://yeatsthoorballylee.org/ and https://www.kiltartangregorymuseum.org/

This project is one of a series supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht to showcase elements of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) as part of Heritage Week 2020.