Copyright, digital preservation, sensitive material and contact

The archive material on this site is the property of the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin and is held in trust for the people of Ireland. University College Dublin respects the rights of those from whom the material in the archive was collected or who provided material, and the College will strive to prevent any inappropriate use of the material in its care.

The archive and research material made available on this website can be used provided that the source is acknowledged. For permission to republish material or to discuss any issues regarding permissions or copyright, please write to


The material on this site is made available under licence CC-BY-NC 4.0.

The surnames database is available for download in XML format under Open Database License (ODbL) v1.0. The transcribed material is being provided subject to a CC-BY-NC 4.0 licence and participation in the Meitheal is on that understanding. If you come across any unsuitable material in the transcriptions, contact us and we will look into it without delay.


The geographical database Logainm is the source of national placename data. The geographical database GeoNames is the source of international placename data.


Low and medium resolution images can be freely downloaded by users. Those seeking to obtain high resolution digital copies of individual images should contact the National Folklore Collection at A handling charge of €10.00 per image is charged for such copies.

National Folklore Collection Preservation Policy

The National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin, is committed to preserving the digital objects accessible on this site in a secure and resilient storage environment. The NFC will ensure the long-term management, security and integrity of all digital assets in its care. The NFC adheres to established standards and best practice in relation to digital capture, processing and sustainability of digital assets.

Sensitive material

The National Folklore Collection has a duty of care to all those who participated in their various collections. On this basis, access to certain material is restricted if it is deemed likely to cause embarrassment or offence. The sensitive status of this material is continually being reviewed and if you require further information please contact us.

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