Foróige NFTE student writes a book with Grandfather

foroigeadmin April 22, 2020

Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) student Amy McGonigle has joined forces with her (almost) 90 year old Grandfather to write a book capturing irish superstitions and traditions through the ages.

These wonderful stories have delighted and thrilled generations of the McGonigle family so Amy and her Grandfather Neilly McGonigle (Neilly Beag) decided to share them with everyone and wrote and illustrated the book together.

The book is titled '12 Months of Irish Traditions and Superstitions' came about from an idea Amy had as part of her entreprise module in Transition Year in Carndonagh Community College. This module is part of Foróige's Network for Teaching Entreprise and is delivered through the school.

Amy said “The idea for the book is something we’d talked about for a while. My grandad Neilly will turn 90 years old later this year and has a fabulous memory and great stories from his youth. We’d often talked about how best to record these wonderful stories, we’ve recorded a few on camera, but we thought it would be great to share them with others. We’ve had great feedback from people, some of whom have enjoyed a nostalgic trip down memory lane, others have enjoyed learning how life was for their ancestors.”


Not only has the book brought a Granddaughter and Grandfather closer together by sharing memories but it is proving popular and sales are good! So far Amy has raised over €500 so far for St.Columbcille Village/High Support Unit in Clonmany through her entrepreneurial spirit.

Well done Amy and Neilly


If you’d like to get your own memento of the past you can contact either ‘High Support Unit’ or ‘St Columbcille Village’ pages on Facebook and they can arrange payment and postage.

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