Ballinrobe Oral History

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Training Course nearly complete

By Averil Staunton

This exciting new course in Oral History training commenced in late October in Ballinrobe.   Seventeen people took part.

It focused on developing community potential to research and compile local history, with an emphasis on the use of oral history as the main method.  The course covered skill on interviewing methods and the recording and presentation of the work.  It extended over six training sessions and ongoing technology seminars are ongoing. 

We expect to have completed and edited interviews available online from Oct 2013.

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Course Trainer:

The trainer for the course was Tomás Mac Conmara who is a founding member and the Project Coordinator of Cuimhneamh an Chláir, The Clare Oral History Project and is a Director of The Oral History Network of Ireland.

He oversaw all aspects of the COHP development managing the project from initial policy development, through to training volunteers and the development of a fully functional, countywide oral history and folklore collection and dissemination group.

 The group have been twice nominated for National Awards and have been acknowledged as one of the leading community folklore collection groups in the country.  

While a qualified secondary school teacher, Tomás is currently conducting his Doctoral Thesis into the 'Oral History, Tradition and Social Memory of the Irish War of Independence in County Clare’ at the University of Limerick.  He was manager of the first countywide antique farm machinery study as well the first countywide traditional boats survey.  Both have subsequently been used as National templates.  He is also researching two books on the Mountjoy Hunger Strike of 1917 as well as the murder of the Scariff Martyrs, in 1920.  

Tomás has appeared on RTE Nationwide, TG4, RTE News and RTE Radio 1 as well as local broadcast print media and has lectured independently in both Ireland and America on Irish history and folklore.



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