National Folklore Collection UCD Digitization Project

4,344 items from the Main Manuscript Collection, 250,452 stories from the Schools’ Collection (1937-38) and 11,386 images from the Photographic Collection are available here

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The Photographic Collection

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The Main Manuscript Collection

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Announcements

Sample selection of volumes from the Main Manuscript Collection launched by Seán Kyne T.D. Press-release available here.
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Places

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People

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Topics

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Collections

The Main Manuscript Collection

This collection includes every aspect of the Irish oral tradition. A sample selection of volumes is available at this time.

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The Schools' Collection

A collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s.

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The Photographic Collection

The photographs in this collection reveal many aspects of Irish life and culture over the past century or more.

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Meitheal Dúchas.ie

Get a deeper insight into the folklore of Ireland by transcribing stories in the Schools’ Collection.

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Resources

Information Resources

Find publications and other reference materials relating to the collections on this website.

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Irish Surname Index

This is a collection of surnames that developed from the work of the Irish Folklore Commission. Find alternate spellings of Irish surnames.

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Weekly Pick

See items of particular interest selected by the dúchas.ie editorial team from the collections on the website.

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