Schoolchildren in Mayo are being asked to connect with their grandparents in a really special and meaningful way during this lockdown. Mayo County Library have just launched ‘Through The Ages’, a project that will see children aged between six and 16 become reporters – and the subject matter for these young reporters will be their grandparents. The children are being asked to contact their grandparents over Skype, Facetime or even the old-fashioned landline and ask them about some aspect of their younger years, whether it is schooldays, rural life on the farm or in the town, emigration, the social scene, travelling cinemas or any other aspect of life as it was once lived in Ireland.
Each child must then write the report in their own handwriting and submit it to Mayo County Library where all of the entries will be collated, digitised and preserved in the library’s archives as a permanent record of this very unique time. There will be prizes in a number of age categories for the best entries and a selection of the reports will be published in the Western People, while each child will also receive a certificate. The collection of essays will be preserved for posterity in our Local History section in the County.
Entry form found here and can be sent by email to email@example.com before 13th June.
All entries will be on unveiled by following the link below on Saturday June 13th to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg. They will also be available to view after Saturday 13th June.
Through the Ages Project