This project aims to revive the tradition of mumming within the younger generation in the Lower and Upper Lough Erne communities.
Project Partner: The Mummers Foundation
Theme: Creative Spaces
The project will enable participants to create their own version of a mumming tradition that is identifiable and distinct to their locality. In this way this rich authentic cultural activity will be kept alive and vibrant.
The project will teach young participants about the folklore associated with mumming and develop essential skills required to perform mumming. These heritage skills will include, straw craft, mask making, music, song, and dance performances. The project will facilitate the intergenerational exchange of folklore between the older generation; the last custodians of the mumming in Fermanagh, and the young people engaged in this project.
Saint Ninnidh's Primary School have been extremely busy leaning all about the Mumming Traditions in Fermanagh. Following 10 weeks of rehearsing with the Mummer Foundation they preformed the age old folk drama in front of a packed assembly hall. They also got the opportunity to ask their parents and grandparents about their memories of The Mummers.
The Mummers Foundation hosted a traditional Strawcraft Workshop as part of the Keepers of Tradition project. On the day we learned heritage skills in straw and rush craft, taught by our team of experienced Fermanagh based craftspeople. The team passed on basic, traditional skills in plaiting so that all participants where guaranteed to leave having crafted either a Mummer Hat, Harvest Knot or Corn Doll.