Tell Your Own Story

Everyone has a story to tell!

As well as giving you tips from Irish authors to help you develop your writing, this site is about your stories. Here we give you an opportunity to share your experiences and thoughts….for you to tell us your story.

A couple of years ago I was honoured to be asked to judge the Irish Country Womans’ Association short story competition. In fact I judged for two years and I was blown away by the stories that were submitted. Many drew on personal experience and showed me a side of Ireland that I had little knowledge of (being a third generation blow-back-in). I felt that the stories were an essential record of life in Ireland and needed to be preserved. I’m delighted now that can faciliate the recording of personal stories, and we are working with the National Folklore Collection based in UCD to ensure that your experiences are preserved for this and future generations.

Ireland has undergone a dramatic period of social change in the last 80 years, indeed in the last 10 – it has affected different people in different ways, and here we hope you will share your experiences through the written word.

But our Tell Your Own Story section isn’t just for Irish people living in Ireland, it is open to Irish people living anywhere in the world, in fact anyone with an Irish connection no mater how far back it goes – share your family stories of emigration past and present, of settling in a new culture, the highs and lows, tell us about your life.

Writing & Me

What does writing mean to you? How do you approach it? How have you achieved your goals? Share your stories with your fellow writers.

Mining Memories

This section is about living history, is all about your recollections and memories whether from yesterday or from fifty years ago. We are looking forward to hearing your memories. 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. Submissions up to 1500 words, poetry or prose. We are looking for all kinds of memoires, here are some suggestions:

  • Christmas and New Years memories
  • Easter memories
  • St. Patrick’s Day Memories
  • Memories of School/College
  • First Date Memories
  • Wedding Memories
  • Ghostly Memories
  • Holiday Memories
  • Family Occasions

How do you submit to

Before you make a submission, please read the Submission Guidelines. You must also acknowledge on your submission form that you have read and understood the Copyright Notice.

Once you have done so you can submit to Mining Memories by completing this form or you can submit to Writing & Me by completing this form. Please keep to the word count as closely as possible as we cannot read long submissions or the opening chapters of your book.

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