YOUNGSTERS from around south Kerry experienced a real blast from the past in recent months as they carried out research for an innovative new oral history CD.
The Kerry Folklore, Bealoideas Chiarraí CD was officially released this week and marks the culmination of a lot of hard work by the students of five south Kerry schools: Scoil Bhríde Loreto, Killarney; Scoil Naomh Michael, Sneem; Scoil Naisiunta Dar Earca, Valentia Island, Scoil Mhuire, Killorglin and Scoil Realt na Mara, Tuosist.
The innovative CD provides real life accounts of life in the county right through from 1938 to the present day, and includes a selection of letters written in the various areas over the years as well as interviews carried out by the students.
The CD was launched at Muckross House last week by Killarney sports personality and commentator Weeshie Fogarty, with representatives of each of the schools on hand to take a well deserved bow.
Scoil Bhríde Loreto principal Mary O'Sullivan could not be more impressed with the effort put in by her pupils over the last number of months.
"It is a lovely CD, and a lovely idea. The children all did their own projects and interviewed their grandparents, and it gave them a huge understanding of life past and present. It was also a great bonding experience with their grandparents," Ms O'Sullivan said.
During their interviews the youngsters spoke about everything from clothes and food, to play and entertainment. The recordings also featured letters written by children in the Muckross area back in 1938.
"It is wonderful for them to see that changes that have taken place in Kerry over the years and it is nice for them to see that their grandparents were once young too," she added.
The project was also part funded by the South Kerry Development Partnership's Rural Development Programme.