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Folklore Audio

Some 10,000 hours of audio recordings of English and Irish speakers, spanning more than a century, are housed in the National Folklore Collection. The recordings represent many different aspects of Irish folklore, including folk narrative, music and song, custom and belief, oral history etc.

The earliest sound recordings in the National Folklore Collection were made on wax-cylinder recording machines, the earliest of which date from 1897. In 1948, an acetate disc-cutting machine was purchased by the Irish Folklore Commission for the purpose of creating quality sound-recordings of folklore materials, particularly oral narrative.

The first tape-recorded interviews by Irish Folklore Commission field workers were made in 1956. Since that year many thousands of hours of high-quality recordings have been made throughout Ireland by the Commission and its successors.

The Urban Folklore Project (Dublin) was undertaken by the UCD Department of Irish Folklore (now the National Folklore Collection) in 1979/1980. The collection consists mostly of personal interviews recorded throughout Dublin and its environs, as well as some field recordings made at various city locations. Search the IVRLA
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Tadhg Ó Murchú recording from Pádraig Ó Súilleabháin Colum Mac Gille Eathain recording from Aongus MacMillan Conor McHale transcribing a digitized wax-cylinder (Ediphone) recording, 2009.
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