Meitheal Dúchas.ie

We are inviting users of the site to transcribe, on a voluntary basis, materials held by the National Folklore Collection of Ireland. We hope that this work will increase community participation in the project and make the material more accessible. More information...

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Community Transcription

This is an opportunity for you to help with the dissemination of this valuable material and to obtain a deeper insight into the National Folklore Collection. If you are a teacher or lecturer we would be delighted to help you use this facility in the classroom. If you are a researcher who is transcribing material from the Main Manuscript Collection or the Schools’ Collection for your own research, why not make your transcriptions available to the public? See what is available for transcription.

The Main Manuscript Collection

172,504 pages in Irish

2%
3,388 pages transcribed
98%
169,116 pages left to transcribe

35,858 pages in English

7%
2,613 pages transcribed
93%
33,245 pages left to transcribe
Recent changes

New collection

Material from The Main Manuscript Collection has recently been opened to Meitheal Dúchas.ie for transcription. This material is being provided on a phased basis.

The first 10 volumes of Irish-language material made available for transcription have been pre-transcribed using advanced handwriting recognition technology and language models that were specially developed for National Folklore Collection manuscripts. However, we need your help to improve the quality of the transcriptions! Please consult our guidelines before you start working.

We have also made 10 volumes of mainly English-language material available for transcription. Follow the links below and you will be given a random story from the collection to transcribe…

We recommend that you create a user account first so that your work will receive the appropriate recognition.

Story in Irish Story in English

The Schools’ Collection

94,619 pages in Irish

92%
86,839 pages transcribed
8%
7,780 pages left to transcribe

357,547 pages in English

100%
356,876 pages transcribed
0%
671 pages left to transcribe
Recent changes

Congratulations!

The English-language material in The Schools’ Collection has now been transcribed almost in its entirety. A huge thank you to our dedicated transcribers! We are still welcoming contributions from users which check or improve upon existing transcripts.

We are also close to fully transcribing the Irish language material in the collection. If you would like to get involved, follow the link below and you will be given a random story from the collection to transcribe…

We recommend that you create a user account first so that your work will receive the appropriate recognition.

Story in Irish