In the 1930s, the schoolchildren of Ireland were asked to interview their oldest relatives and/or neighbours and to gather stories, superstitions, myths and traditions from times past so that the lives of ordinary people could be recorded. The result was an incredible resource, (now available online on duchas.ie) the National Folklore Archive’s Schools’ Collection. John Creedon’s delightful An Irish Folklore Treasury contains a selection of the best stories.
An Irish Folklore Treasury, which topped the Non - Fiction bestsellers list, was honoured as the Best Irish Published Book of the Year at the 2022 Irish Book Awards.
In conversation with Gerry Foley.