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Irish History

Ireland has one of the strongest storytelling traditions of any indigenous population in the world. On Loop Head, a wealth of folklore – some ancient, some relatively recent – has been passed down from generation to generation, with the stories often embellished for greater effect.

The oral history and folklore group, Cuimhneamh an Chláir (Clare Memories), has been attempting to save this precious oral heritage, reasoning that “when an old man dies, a library burns”.

Under the auspices of Cuimhneamh an Chláir, many cuairteoirí (visitors) have travelled the county speaking with elderly people and chronicling their tales of days gone by. These stories are shared at ‘Come Here ’Til I Tell You’ sessions, which take place in ‘listening rooms’ in villages throughout the county.

Look out for a ‘Come Here ’Til I Tell You’ session during your visit to Loop Head, and in the meantime, here’s a flavour of some of the stories of the peninsula.

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