Your Stories - Our Histories

Summer Fair days, old style sheep dipping, happy days on the bog and rural life in the foothills of the Dublin mountains. In this section, you can read these stories and more....

Visitors to the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life have recorded their memories of days gone by for The Memory Book Project.

Add your own memory of Irish Country Life to this collection by downloading a memory sheet here, and returning it by post to Joanne Hamilton, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Co. Mayo, or e-mailing it to jhamilton@museum.ie

 

 

Page link: A nostalgia filled visit
A nostalgia filled visit
Taking part in a "High Nelly" rally
Page link: An emotional journey
An emotional journey
Memories of a vivacious woman
Page link: Cat, give the fire a blow!
Cat, give the fire a blow!
Tending to the fire with the blowers in Co. Cork
Page link: Christmas Eve family activity
Christmas Eve family activity
Stir the pudding and make a wish
Page link: Fair day in Mullagh, County Cavan
Fair day in Mullagh, County Cavan
Buying and selling from one end of the village to the other
Page link: Keeping the fire always burning
Keeping the fire always burning
A family of Galway farriers
Page link: Memories of great solidarity
Memories of great solidarity
Sharing out the slaughtered pig with neighbours
Page link: Milking the goat in a thatched cottage
Milking the goat in a thatched cottage
Growing up in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth
Page link: My father, a great blacksmith and stallion man
My father, a great blacksmith and stallion man
Growing up listening to the sound of hammer on anvil
Page link: The Drag Home
The Drag Home
Wedding Traditions in North County Sligo
Page link: Have you visited the Museum of Country Life?
Have you visited the Museum of Country Life?
Would you like to tell us your recollections?
Page link: A magical country wonderland
A magical country wonderland
Granny's cottage in County Cavan!
Page link: A memory from the late 1940s - early 1950s
A memory from the late 1940s - early 1950s
The cross legged tailor of Co. Cavan
Page link: Cable, diamond and moss stitches
Cable, diamond and moss stitches
Hand knitting Aran jumpers for export
Page link: Fair Days in Castlebar
Fair Days in Castlebar
Spending a few pence on the Cheap Jacks stalls
Page link: Fossilized farming
Fossilized farming
Sheep dipping in Co. Tipperary
Page link: Lovely memories of rural life to hold on to
Lovely memories of rural life to hold on to
From the Blasket Islands to a communion dress from Boston
Page link: Memories of tea in a billy can
Memories of tea in a billy can
Bringing sandwiches to hard working bus drivers
Page link: My precious memories of very happy times
My precious memories of very happy times
Fishing from the Cliffs of Moher
Page link: Remembering the hardship of everyday life
Remembering the hardship of everyday life
Cooking on the open fire, the dash churn and drawing water from the well
Page link: Rural life at the foot of the Dublin Mountains
Rural life at the foot of the Dublin Mountains
Stories told to me by my mother
Page link: Saturday night bath time
Saturday night bath time
Washing eleven children in a tin bath
Page link: Shoe mending still being done the traditional way
Shoe mending still being done the traditional way
A third generation cobbler in Co. Kildare
Page link: Stories of fairies and bogs that move in the night
Stories of fairies and bogs that move in the night
Childhood holidays spent in Mayo
Page link: Strawboys, bonfires, station masses and waking the dead.
Strawboys, bonfires, station masses and waking the dead.
Country life traditions still "alive and well" in some places.
Page link: Summer holiday spent in Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Summer holiday spent in Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Egg-nog, stirabout and stew you could trot a mouse on.....
Page link: The pink sheep dip
The pink sheep dip
Evoking memories of a dear mother
Page link: Traditional dress worn by my grandmother
Traditional dress worn by my grandmother
Dressed in black from head to toe
Page link: Working on the bog
Working on the bog
Happy memories from West Cork