THE IRISH DRESSER AND FOLKLORE CALENDAR 2022

46 New Dressers from counties Cork, Mayo, Tipperary, Clare, Wexford, Waterford,

Kilkenny, Galway, Wicklow and Carlow and over 100 Irish Calendar folklore dates.


Following the success of last year’s publication after three sold-out print runs, I have decided to produce this 2022 edition featuring new dressers, stories and folklore dates from around Ireland. This year features forty six dressers from counties Tipperary, Carlow, Wexford, Waterford, Mayo, Galway, Clare, Wicklow, Cork and Limerick. It also contains a special pull-out feature on dressers from Co. Cork and Abandoned Dressers from around the country.


The images and stories featured here are the result of a body of research I have been working on since March 2015. My initial journey of documenting these started in counties Mayo, Tipperary, Carlow, Waterford and Wexford, however I have stretched my wings to other counties in 2021.























This year I undertook a new collection in over fifty homes in Co. Cork during April and May. Due to Covid travel restrictions I was unable to drive to document them and instead people took photos on their phones and sent them to me. The use of social media and the mobile phone has proved to be a resourceful way to research and helped me compile a complete collection without leaving my home in Wexford. In saying that, nothing will ever beat the experience of standing physically in a kitchen or space where you can measure, touch and experience the dresser itself.


Although there is a growing appreciation of vernacular furniture in Ireland today, sadly you will find many dressers in various stages of decay in people’s sheds and barns. In some cases, they are still in the kitchen of the abandoned and falling down dwellings. In April as I was sorting photos of dressers, I realised I’d unintentionally built up a collection of these over the years. With that in mind I have included some here for you for you to study. I have to say I find these sad to look at, especially when they still contain the objects of their owners.


Finally, as most of my work focuses on collecting and sharing folklore, I have included folkloric dates in each month to promote particular festivals and customs which are relevant to us here in Ireland. All these little things get us through the year and I’m glad you are coming on this calendar journey with me. e.g. Put up you May Bush, Light a candle on All Souls’ Night, Take to the hills on Fraughan Sunday etc.



  


Thanks again for your support with this project and if you have any questions please contact me via email or phone on 087 6470247 or folklore.ie@gmail.com. You can also follow my Facebook pages to keep up with my collection work around the country.


Michael Fortune

Artist/Folklorist



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“Dressers, their makers and owners, the objects displayed are beautifully captured

by Michael Fortune. Functional and beautiful, dressers are evocative and prompt memories. 

Through image and interview Michael weaves and shares the story of the Irish dresser. Enjoy!”


Rosa Meehan, Curator at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life


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