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National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin


Welcome to the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin, home to one of the largest collections of oral and ethnological material in the world. Visitors are invited to explore the large selection of books, manuscripts, audio recordings, videos and photographs, drawings and paintings dealing with Irish life, folk history and culture.

The specialist library contains books, periodicals and off-prints on Irish and comparative folklore, ethnology and related fields. A range of finding aids will assist researchers in locating information about a particular subject, or material contributed by any of the many thousands of storytellers, collectors and correspondents over the years.

New material continues to be added to the Collection, including photographs, audio and video material, books and documents.

Courses in Irish Folklore

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Irish folklore are offered by the School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics.

For details of these programmes, go to


Death of T.K. Whitaker

It is a cause of great sadness for the staff of the National Folklore Collection UCD and members of the Folklore of Ireland Society to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Dr T K Whitaker. He was patron of the Folklore of Ireland Society for many years, and was closely associated with the work of the Irish Folklore Commission and its successors. May he rest in peace.


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Short Description: Days Long Gone
Date: 19.01.2017
Douglas Hyde Title Irish Protestant Folk Memory questionnaire
Short Description: -
Date: 19.07.2016
Dublin City Hall
Lunch-time Lectures Spring 2015 Title Dublin City Hall lunch-time lectures, spring 2015
Short Description: Dublin City and Irish Folklore
Date: 07.04.2015
Title Bengt af Klintberg lecture, dedicated to the memory of Bo Almqvist
Short Description: -
Date: 11.11.2014
Title Launch of e-publication A Handbook of Irish Folklore
Short Description: -
Date: 11.11.2014
The Folklore of Ireland Council, Annual report 2014 Title The Folklore of Ireland Council, annual report 2014
Short Description: -
Date: 30.07.2014
Title Féile na Samhna 2013
Short Description: Féile na Samhna
Date: 31.10.2013
CBE_2013tuarascail184w Title The Folklore of Ireland Council Annual Report 2012-2013
Short Description: Folklore Council Annual Report 2012-2013
Date: 30.07.2013
Otherworld launch Title THE OTHERWORLD
Short Description: The Otherworld
Date: 22.11.2012
'Captured by Song', Images by Tom Munnelly in the National Folklore Collection (1971 – 2007) Title 'Captured by Song'
Short Description: 'Captured by Song'
Date: 29.06.2012
Launch of Title Launch of the Béal Beo website
Short Description: -
Date: 21.06.2012
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