A badger came out of his den, and one after another 7 more of them appeared . She also tells that there were two people over 70 at the time (in the village or townland? I remain intrigued that so much of the collection from Mulroy school has been provided by Mary Vaughan, and equally intrigued by the fact that there is usually no pupil recorded as the collector, indicating that it is likely that our grandfather spent a lot of time with her listening to her recollections and stories.
That he enjoyed them is beyond question as it is possible to see the humour shine through.
Much of the collection is beautifully hand written by the pupils themselves with the name and age of the informant usually given at the end of each piece. I particularly love the entries that describe names of fields, rocks etc in several townlands, such as seen below from Glen school. (This last story is new to me and I must get more information about it.anyone help? We were pupils here for some years, with Enda Ward as Principal, but never knew our grandfather who died in 1944.
The pages below for example are the work of Cyril Hall from Aughalatty. ) When the Schools Folklore Collection was undertaken, our grandfather James D Gallagher was the school principal at Mulroy National School. One of the more prolific sources of information in our grandfather’s School Collection was a lady named Maire Ni Bhaughan, who was then aged 67.
In a previous post I wrote about finding reference to our family transcribed in the 1930s Schools Folklore Collection for Newtownforbes, Co Longford.
I have now taken a look at the collection from schools in the parish of Mevagh/Rosguill where I grew up in County Donegal, to get an overview of what treasures are here, and to take a closer look at the stories from Mulroy school where our grandfather taught.
It has been a fascinating journey of discovery at a social and personal level!
Translated, it goes like this: I cant help but wonder if the first sentence is inserted by our grandfather, and is tongue in cheek, or did Mary with a glint in her eye recite it exactly as written? But what we do know is that our grandfather and Mary Vaughan spent a lot of time talking and listening and recording her social scene.
Little did they know that their efforts would see the light of day decades later and their descendants would have a chance to step back in time and share their times together.