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Tell Your Own Story: Mining Memories

Submit Your Memories

Mining Memories is all about living history and gives you an opportunity to submit your writing to writing.ie. This section is all about your recollections and memories whether from yesterday or from fifty years ago. What can you remember of your school days? What was the most dramatic incident in your life? Share your memories and help build the National Folklore Collection to reflect the lives of Irish people, wherever they are living. We are keen to see all kinds of memories in submissions of up to 1500 words, poetry or prose.

In Praise of our Health Service by Olga Maughan
Posted by Olga Maughan in , .

I must say I have been very fortunate. Health wise that is. I never had any real problems to worry myself about. So it was very upsetting when I hit...

In the Shadows of Dublin Past by Mike Connolly
Posted by Mike Connolly in , .

I suppose City Renewal is a good thing, “out with the old, in with the new” but, do we lose something in the transition, and should we be careful of...

The Rag and Bone Man by Olga Maughan
Posted by Olga Maughan in , .

How many of you remember him? He would come down our avenue shouting, “rags or bottles, old clothes or scrap” as he tapped the horse that pulled his cart. On...

Fanore by Denis McClean
Posted by Denis McClean in , .

When we say the world is in flux, most of us simply mean that tomorrow will probably be as different from today as today was from yesterday. Time flies because...

“It’s happy hour again…” by Yvonne Reddin
Posted by Yvonne Reddin in , .

In Secondary School, I came out of my shell. In first year, I would have been about 12, I was a nervous wreck starting “big” school. I had always hung...

Work (Part 2): Learning Swear Words by Michael Rigley
Posted by Michael Rigley in , .

Dad once gave my brother Jimmy a telling off because, whilst we were attending a summer party the textile company held for workers kids, Jimmy found a way into the...

Leaving School: Work (Part 1) by Michael Rigley
Posted by Michael Rigley in , .

Whilst cycling home from a Thursday evening meeting of the air cadets, I approached perhaps one of the most important forks in the highway of my life. I had cycled...

Two Brothers Go Fishing by Michael Rigley
Posted by Michael Rigley in , .

My brother remarked that it was a while since we had gone fishing together; I agreed and reminded him that, with two nippers and me not owning car, fishing was...

Home for Dinner by Michael Rigley
Posted by Michael Rigley in , .

While not actually clock watching, my stomach was telling me the end of the shift was not too far off. My wife always had a nice cooked meal waiting and,...

The Interview by Bill Lloyd
Posted by Bill Lloyd in , .

In 1963, after an eventful year in the Merchant Navy as a radio officer, I found a job on the North side of Dublin as a technician in a radio...

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