The Schools’ Manuscript Collection is comprised of folklore collected by primary school children over 1937/1938. To assist teachers with this nation-wide undertaking, the Irish Folklore Commission (IFC) prepared a guidance booklet that listed 55 subject headings – topics that the children could explore with older people in the community.
See the 55 subject headings here
Despite ‘Ghost Stories’ NOT being on the headings list, the collection contains over 1000 spooky tales, suggesting that a belief in the unexplained strongly persisted in the public consciousness at that time. Going by the amount of ghost stories collected by county, Tipperary appears to have been the most ‘haunted’, with 95 accounts of frightful folklore.
As part of our ‘Ghosts Stories of Ireland’ project, we would like to revisit the stories gathered by the children in the 1930s, to bring them back to life. You can browse these stories on dúchas.ie
To submit a Ghost Story from the National Folklore Collection:
- Select your favourite tale
- Copy and paste its URL (website address) into our ‘Contribution Form’
- Tell us why you chose this story (e.g. it might be from your local school)
- Submit the form