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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.

Biafra, You Broke our Hearts by Sylvia Wohlfarth
Posted by Sylvia Wohlfarth in , .

I was 13 then when The war was declared over. In the aftermath, it is now too late. How will I ever know what demons Haunted my parents’ nightmares. Dead...

The Flight by Sylvia Wohlfarth
Posted by Sylvia Wohlfarth in , .

It was the summer of 1966, and the beasts of war, starvation and suffering were raising their heads and slouching towards us. Back home from my first year at boarding...

Bovver Boots, Braces and Bennies by Pat J Kane
Posted by Pat J Kane in , .

Unfortunately, life is not simple; one hasn’t any control over it; especially at fifteen. Having an unpleasant time in school in early ’67, I had finally returned to studying again...

Fish on Friday by Olga Maughan
Posted by Olga Maughan in , .

Even today, fish and chips from the chipper are, in my opinion, the tastiest of foods, especially if, like me, you were not allowed have them as a youngster. In...

The German Bombing of Ireland during World War Two by Mike Connolly
Posted by Mike Connolly in , .

At the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939, the shaky fairly recently established Irish Free State, declared it would follow a path of neutrality. This period, as...

The Communion Dress by Olga Maughan
Posted by Olga Maughan in , .

I remember it like it was yesterday. The postman arrived with a large parcel wrapped in brown paper and handed it to my grandmother. I could hardly contain myself as...

Observations: Dublin 2018 by Mike Connolly
Posted by Mike Connolly in , .

Recently, I was in Ireland for two weeks and it was a wonderful opportunity to compare present day Ireland to the country I grew up in and said goodbye to...

Patricia’s Passport by Olga Maughan
Posted by Olga Maughan in , .

The early morning sun was crisp. I couldn’t remember the last time we were up so early, six thirty on a July morning, waiting in Dublin city for the coach...

Windmills of Ireland by Mike Connolly
Posted by Mike Connolly in , .

I suppose I must admit that I have an enquiring mind and sometimes my curiosity is taken by something which I come across in my travels and requires a bit...

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...