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Recalling full richness of our folklore

Frank Coughlan


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The Irish Folklore Commission was empowered by Eamon de Valera to go about the highways and byways to collect ‘the best of what remained’ of Irish folklore, including the story of Fionn Mac Cumhaill

The Irish Folklore Commission was empowered by Eamon de Valera to go about the highways and byways to collect ‘the best of what remained’ of Irish folklore, including the story of Fionn Mac Cumhaill

The Irish Folklore Commission was empowered by Eamon de Valera to go about the highways and byways to collect ‘the best of what remained’ of Irish folklore, including the story of Fionn Mac Cumhaill

We are what we remember. Everyone is made up of what we have experienced, what we recall of it and what we choose to forget.

The choosing is often the critical part. What we edit out of our lives is as much a marker as what we decide to bring with us.

National memory is much the same and the modern State plays a huge part in shaping that conversation. The first generation of the newly independent Ireland, like the founding fathers in new nation states everywhere, were very conscious of how this could be achieved.


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