Straide Folklore group was set up in January 2019. Here in Straide, we value all members of society and older residents are a particular source of wisdom and knowledge. The purpose of the group is multi-faceted. Currently, members are participating in a project in which their knowledge of local folklore is being recorded. The end product will eventually form part of the collection in the Folklore Department at a leading Irish third level institution. It will serve forevermore as a vehicle to illustrate what life was like in Straide in the middle of the 20th Century. It will prove to be a valuable resource for academics, students, locals and indeed the general public.
Regular recordings and meetings also provide a social outlet for members and during the autumn a series of folklore lectures will take place in the village. Local schoolchildren will also be involved in this project and will interview older relatives on the folklore theme. It is essential that local folklore is recorded and preserved as expeditiously as possible as any delay may result in this form of storytelling and information being lost. Recordings are expected to be complete by the end of the summer and a book/magazine on the subject will be published at the end of the year.