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Vanishing Memories by Taughboyne History Group published 2018

This is Vanishing Memories which was presented and edited by Taughboyne History Group.  It recounts local perceptions of history and heritage with a bit of folklore which was gathered by pupils in the 1930’s as part of the National Folklore Collection.  This scheme related only to national school children in the Republic of Ireland. Thirteen schools within the three parishes of Taughboyne, Allsaints and Killea participated in this scheme and accounted for 524 stories. The stories in the book were collected by the pupils from their older friends and relations so the stories go back a lot further in many cases than the thirties. Over two winters the stories were read by our group and eventually 84 of them were selected and all of the thirteen schools are featured. The selected stories give a fleeting but panoramic backward glance into a way of life that is heritage and history and allows an opportunity for the people of today to compare just how good or otherwise those times were.

It was sold for €10 a copy from local outlets in St Johnston and Carrigans and the wider area.

It was launched Friday night 28th September at 7.30pm in St Johnston and Carrigans Family Resource Centre by Ronan McConnell who is a well-known enthusiast of local history studies.