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Ballyheane Dúchas Entries and History Project


History Project

The History of Ballyheane

We have several stories on the Dúchas website contributed by Liam Ó Duibhir, a teacher in Ballyheane NS at that time, to the Folklore Commission in 1938/39. The stories really deserve to be viewed as they are full of local history and beliefs and they are presented in their original handwritten form.

1. Hidden Treasure

2. Forts

3. No Title

4. Cures

5. Cures 

6. No Title

7. Games

8. Flax

9. Hidden Gold

10. Hidden Gold

11. Hidden Gold

12. Hidden Gold

13. Hidden Gold

14. Riddles

15. Riddles

16. Riddles

17. St. Patrick

18. Weeds and Herbs

19. Herbs and Weeds

20. Local Industries

21. Marriages

22. Thart

23. Ballyheane Fairs

24. Ballyheane Fairs


Senior Classes with Anne Bourke

In September of this year, the pupils of 5th and 6th class under the guidance of their class teacher Anne-Marie Kelly, decided to study the history of Ballyheane as it constitutes a huge proportion of their history curriculum. They put together an impressive class display and also compiled a souvenir history booklet that will be treasured forever.

As the first step, the students of Ballyheane explored its history with a walking tour which was kindly provided by Anne Bourke (a local retired teacher and great friend of the school)

They then compiled questionnaires which they distributed to their grandparents entitled "The good old days". Each pupil used these questionnaires to interview their grandparents and neighbours about school,farming, games and pastimes and other local history of times gone by.

Finally a visit to their local library with Ivor Hamrock who spoke to the pupils about how to carry out historical research on the locality. The pupils were guided on different ways of gathering information and brought back lots of historical information to the school where it was compiled into a booklet for their parents and grandparents and neighbours to enjoy.

You can visit our school or purchase a booklet if you would like to learn more about this project.

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