Project 13: Keepers of Tradition

This project aims to revive the tradition of mumming within the younger generation in the Lower and Upper Lough Erne communities.

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Project 13: Keepers of Tradition

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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.

For more information contact Elmarie Swanepoel call: 077025 08777 email:

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Jim Ledwith of The Mummers Foundation talking about The Keepers of Tradition Project

Project Updates

Launch of the Mummers Foundation Project 06/19

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.

Strawcraft Workshop 14/09/19

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.

Horribilist Halloween Mask Making 26/10/19

The Mummers Foundation hosted their Horribilist Halloween Mask Making at Fermanagh House where families got the opportunity to have a go at making their very own Halloween Mummers Mask. A brilliant day for the whole family while learning some amazing strawcraft.


Mummers Foundation join forces with Seactain Na Gaeilge and Lough Erne Landscape Partnership

As part of last week’s promotion of  Seactain na Gaeilge (week of irish language) over twenty pupils  from Lisnaskea’s  Bunscoil An Traonaigh  crossed the Ferry bridges over to Aughakillymaude on the loughshore . The objective: to converse and listen  to the social history of the mumming tradition within Fermanagh through the medium of Irish language . On hand was jim Ledwith , coordinator the Mummmers Foundation  whose command of irish conversation  enabled him to open the minds of children to the countryside’s most enduring tradition – mumming.

With the assistance of the country’s sole exhibition on mumming   the children were also introduced to the heritage of strawcrafts  which were widely used on farm households. It was then onto a strawcraft workshop where the age old  mastercraftsman, Patrick Murphy  excelled , once again in helping children fashion  the rudamentary , iconic straw masks of the mummers .

After  three hours  of solid working  strewn straw and hairy ned rope  the children proudly held aloft their mini straw masks  and went off home  to show their parents and grandparents.  The Seactain na Gaeilge workshop was jointly  supported by the Mummers Foundation and the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP)  with national heritage lottery funds.

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