Remembering 1916 – Play from the Past in the Present
To commemorate and remember 1916, Súgradh have collated a significant selection of children’s songs, rhymes, riddles, stories, home-made toys and games such as Tig, Tug of War, Corners, Marbles and Card games from the period which we hope are helpful to all local authorities and youth organisations in your planning and preparation of both Play Day on Sunday 3rd July 2016 and National Recreation Week 3rd-9th July, 2016.
This play material comes from the Schools Manuscript Collection (1937–38) when the Irish Folklore Commission and the Department of Education invited and collected, folklore material from primary school children and 100,000 children in 5,000 primary schools in the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland were encouraged to collect folklore material in their locality from their family and neighbors. Children were specifically asked to collect and record material on Games, Homemade toys and Riddles. Much of this material was provided by their parents and grandparents and thus was a part of children’s lives in 1916 and indeed beyond. There is material on numerous forms of play from all 26 counties which we hope you find useful in planning your Play day event or National Recreation week activities on this year’s theme of ‘Remembering 1916′.
Súgradh will produce two separate Newsletter’s to celebrate, communicate and publicise all the fantastic events that will take place throughout the country during Play day and National Recreation week respectively, so please remember to take photographs with a record of the signed consent forms, and send them, along with a short synopsis of your event to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will publish as much material as possible in the Newsletters.