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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.

Memories of the Vancouver Marathon by Jenny Crossley
Posted by Jenny Crossley in , .

The Vancouver marathon is described as one of the most scenic marathons in the World. I reckoned that if I was going to slog through 26 miles and 385 yards...

Crosswords by Claire M. Keogh
Posted by Claire M. Keogh in , .

Every day when my dad came home from work, and I would come home from school, he would eat dinner in silence from a tray by the fire, and read...

Elizabeth O Farrell and the Women of 1916: Part 2 by Michael Clemenger
Posted by Michael Clemenger in , .

Why were the republican women of 1916 whitewashed out of the subsequent history of the new Ireland? And, more particularly, why was Elizabeth O Farrell? The answer lies in the...

Elizabeth O Farrell and the Women of 1916: Part 1 by Michael Clemenger
Posted by Michael Clemenger in , .

When I was studying the history of the 1916 rising more than 40 years ago, the only woman’s name I heard of was Countess Markievicz. She fought at the College...

The Last New Year’s Eve by Clo Carey
Posted by Clo Carey in , .

The party was at our house as it so often was. The Parents weren’t fussy; we could drink, we could smoke. The usual crowd, all hanging out; bottles of Smithwicks...

The Abbey Theatre – Part 2 by Michael Clemenger
Posted by Michael Clemenger in , .

In 2015 somebody came up with the bright idea that maybe rescue of the Abbey Theatre could come from outside the state. But it was also recognised that the task...

The Abbey Theatre – Part 1 by Michael Clemenger
Posted by Michael Clemenger in , .

Glorious is the ambition of an idea in its germination, death is its fate upon contamination. The great playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote : that if more people went...

Adventures of a Ciotóg by Colman Rushe
Posted by Colman Rushe in , .

I didn’t realise that there was something wrong with me until I went to school. It was the summer of 1955. I was not yet five years old and my...

The Old Bookshop by Michael Clemenger
Posted by Michael Clemenger in , .

Old  bookshops are places one goes to replenish the soul. It’s the smell of them old books that returns me to a time when they were more appreciated than they...

Looking for Irish Street by Ursula Troche
Posted by Ursula Troche in , .

I had a feeling I could be right about this, and to prove it, I went out that rainy evening, at dusk, crossed the bridge, and went to look for...