Pupils from third class and above, were trained by RCB Volunteer Trainer Melissa McMahon and Producer Sallyann Marron to use recording equipment, and were then set with the task of asking parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours in their communities – how they used to play when they were children. The pupils came from Annagh National School, Coore National School, Kilmihil National School, Querrin National School, Clohanes National School and Gaelscoil Ui Choimin in Kilrush.
The project has been a huge success, with children finding out the intricacies of pegging tops, spinning tops, pitching quaids and marbles, to name but a few. They havve also found out about the amount of (unpaid!) work carried out by their parents and grandparents as they helped out on family farms and businesses. There was no such thing as pocket money, children were just expected to pitch in with the rest. Similarly, summer holidays consisted of turning turf, making hay and harvesting vegetables. It wasn’t all hard work though and there are fantastic tales from people as they reminisce about growing up. No matter what generation they are, all had fond memories of Christmas and Santa coming to visit!
Speaking about the series, producer Sallyann Marron said, “This series has been such fun to make. The schools were really enthusiastic because the idea behind the series overlapped with the history taught in our schools, and it gave the children the opportunity to bring that history to life. The teachers and pupils were so keen and quick to learn how to record, and the quality and quantity of recordings has made it really hard to pick out the best bits to include in the series. In fact, it has been such a success we’re now looking for six more schools so that we can record a similar series in the next school year. If schools are interested they can contact Raidio Corca Baiscinn on 065 9083022 for more information@.
“Are Ye Coming Out to Play” will be broadcast on 92.5, 94.8FM and www.rcb.ie starting on Wednesday 17th September and then every Wednesday for six weeks, from 4.00pm to 4.30pm, repeated every Saturday from 2.00pm to 2.30pm from 20th September for six weeks.
Programmes will be pdocast and uploaded to our website www.rcb.ie after they are broadcast.
RCB broadcasts on 92.5 & 94.8FM and online at www.rcb.ie, 2-9pm, Monday to Friday and 2-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Tune in to hear local people presenting programmes with a local slant, but widespread appeal.