Mayo Folklore Local Training Initiative

Mayo North East Leader Partnership manages the Mayo Folklore Local Training Initiative on contract from MSLETB. The Mayo Folklore Local Training Initiative is located in the Foxford Sports & Leisure Centre and was established in November 2004 with a dual function. The initiative aims to gather folklore material from County Mayo while delivering accredited training to those participating on it. The initiative has proven to be very successful with many participants returning to further education on completion of the course or attaining gainful employment The project delivers accredited training in a non- threatening environment.

To date the initiative has been very successful.  Over 100 hours of recordings have been gathered, some of which are showcased in the successful publication Clew Bay Folklore, Bealoideas Cuan Mo, which is available at most local book shops.  Ultimately the collection will be presented to the national archives for public access.

LTI participants work a full week schedule (9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-12.30pm on Friday). The project is an 11month programme.     


FETAC Level 5 Cultural and Heritage Studies, Mayo Folklore Local Training Initiative. Foxford, Co. Mayo

The Culture and Heritage Studies course is an opportunity to learn and train on site in the heart of a local community with a rich historical past.

The aim of the programme is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence in a range of compulsory disciplines in Irish Culture and Heritage studies, to work independently under supervision in a range of culture and heritage contexts and or to progress to further education and training. Learners on the course will achieve a FETAC level 5 Major Award in Culture and Heritage Studies on completion of the award requirements.

Modules include:  

Folklore and Ethnology, Archaeology, Heritage, Irish Culture, Local History, Communications, Work Experience and Customer Service.

Our modules are aimed at educating learners in heritage and culture and practical research skills, while building on key workplace skills such as communications and customer service, which are highly sought after in all sectors. These skills are not just taught in the training room but are built on through practical experience, work placement and an innovative three month folklore research project. Work experience is gained during a two week placement in a museum, heritage site, tourist centre, arts centre or library.

Throughout the year we have guest lectures from museum and industry experts who provide advice about working in this area and gaining employment. Librarians, archeologists, folklorists, storytellers, crafters, professional and local historians will all contribute to our modules.

The main outcomes for the course are placement in employment or in further training or education e.g the BA programme in Heritage Studies at GMIT, Castlebar.

The course is 11 months full time, is aimed at unemployed people and eligibilty and training allowance is subject to Solas criteria.

If you are interested in the course, or would like some more detail you can email the course coordinators Monica or Aideen at mayofolklore@gmail.comor call 094 9257566 or drop in during office hours to the project at Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre, Green Road, Foxford, Co. Mayo

Who Can Apply?

  • Participating trainees must be over 16 and unemployed.
  • Persons in receipt of the social welfare payment will receive the MSLETB training allowance in lieu of their SW payment.
  • Persons not in receipt of a payment can participate on the programme but will not receive the MSLETB Training Allowance.
  • The programme is free of charge to any eligible participant

(Eligibility as per MSLETB guidelines)            


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