A 1981 Summer in County Mayo

by Bob Stepno

Updating an old hard drive in January 2019, I came across the library scan of my 1983 Wesleyan University master’s thesis, “An Samradh in Eirinn, Beginner’s Welcome,” about the 1981 summer I spent with Irish culture students who learned bits of language, music, dance and more under the auspices of New York City’s Irish Arts Center, living and studying at Corraun House, at the mouth of Clew Bay in County Mayo, Ireland.

My thesis included photographs I took during the summer — archivally processed black and white 8 1/2 x 11 full-page prints bound into the thesis for the university’s library. The scans below are twice removed — optical scans of a copy of the photo-duplicated thesis done by a library book-scanner. The double processing gives them a rather charming old-fashioned look, I think. It was a charming, old-fashioned summer.

The George, a fine local pub, was attached to the side of the house, and I may add a few more pictures from music sessions there.

Corraun House 1981


Currach at Corraun House 1981


John Hoban
The George at Corraun House, 1981

Seisiun singing at the George
Summer 1981