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Save our Stories – Oral History Project

Save our Stories – Oral History Project

An ambitious project to record and preserve the voices, stories and histories of Kildare residents by Kildare residents is being launched on Saturday, 20 October 2012 in the Kilcullen Heritage Centre, Kilcullen, Co Kildare at 10am.

There is a growing interest in recording oral histories among local heritage groups and local history enthusiasts in Kildare. The project invites participants to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to record the oral history ofCountyKildareand in doing so allow Kildare to develop an archive of local oral recordings. Brian Kelly of County Kildare Leader Partnership said “The recording of people’s memories and stories is important in the preservation of our local heritage and County Kildare Leader Partnership is pleased to provide such training in Kildare”.

“This is a great opportunity for people who have always wanted to learn the correct way to plan and prepare for an oral recording project to come along and learn” said Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer.

The inaugural seminar on 20th October is open to all members of the public and will present an overview of Oral Histories in Ireland and an introduction to the National Folklore Collection in Dublin. Those interested are then invited to join in a training programme which will equip participants with the skills to record the oral history of Kildare. The training programme will be based in the Naas Community Centre - McAuley Place, Sallins Road, Naas, Co Kildare for approximately eight weeks and will include visits to the National Folklore Collection at UCD and the recording studio in Leixlip Library. The Course will commence on Saturday, 3rd November and run for 8 weeks. Participants are asked to sign up for the course by Monday, 29th October. Places are limited so an early sign up is recommended.

“The course will be a practical course with participants learning through doing”, says Dr Kelly Fitzgerald, one of the project trainers. “Oral histories seek to capture and preserve first hand information of life stories or events that would otherwise be lost. This is a real opportunity for Kildare residents to contribute to the preservation of unique memories and stories for present and future generations.”

A final output from the course will be a CD containing oral recordings from the course participants.

The project is an action in the Kildare Heritage Plan and is funded by County Kildare Leader Partnership.

Time: 10.00am - 12.30pm Saturday, 20 October 2012

Venue: Kilcullen Heritage Centre, Main Street Kilcullen, Co Kildare. Admission: Free

For more information see: or contact Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer with Kildare County Council at

For more Information contact:

Brian Kelly at County Kildare Leader Partnership 045 895450 or

Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer at 045 983791 or


Attached for additional information:

Timetable of training talks



Content to be covered



3rd November

Intro to National Folklore Collection

Uses of Oral History

Naas Community Centre McAuley Place

10am – 3pm


14th November

Project preparation

Sources for Oral History

Naas Community Centre McAuley Place

7pm - 9pm


24th November

Interview skills

Naas Community Centre McAuley Place

10am – 3pm


5th December

Equipment and archiving

theory and practice

Naas Community Centre McAuley Place

7pm – 9 pm


15th December

National Folklore Archive

Site visit

Recording and editing

National Folklore Collection, UCD


Christmas break 

Wednesday 16th January


Naas Community Centre McAuley Place

10am – 3pm


26th January


Leixlip Library visit

Radio skills



10am – 3pm


6th February


Review session

Naas Community Centre McAuley Place

7pm - 9pm

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