Michael J. Murphy Photographs

Michael J. Murphy (1913–1996) collected folklore throughout Ulster and Co. Louth. This Christmas, we have added 116 images from his camera to the Photographic Collection. Over 500 photographs taken by Michael J. Murphy are now available on dúchas.ie. View »

National Folklore Collection UCD Digitization Project

26,052 items from the Main Manuscript Collection, 252,771 stories from the Schools’ Collection (1937–38) and 12,393 images from the Photographic Collection are available here

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We are carrying out planned upgrades to our technical infrastructure between January 23rd-31st. This should not affect the website, but if you encounter any issues, please let us know. Meitheal Dúchas will be in read-only mode for certain periods between January 30th-31st. It will not be possible to create or update entries during this time
23 new volumes from the Main Manuscript Collection have been digitized, indexed and made available on dúchas.ie. Full list (as Gaeilge) available here.
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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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A collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s.

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The Photographic Collection

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