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Which of the following is correct?

  1. It was the memories he made that mattered.

  2. It were the memories he made that mattered.

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Since "it" is singular, here "was" seems more appropriate. So the right sentence would be:

It was the memories he made that mattered.

"were" is used with singular nouns/pronouns only when the sentence is in the SUBJUNCTIVE mood which is used for hypothetical situations. For example:

If I were you, .....

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