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Colm Ó Lochlainn Manuscripts

Colm Ó Lochlainn Manuscripts

Ó Lochlainn Manuscript

UCD Library Special Collections holds the manuscripts collected by Colm Ó Lochlainn.
Identity Statement
Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/OL Ms

Colm Ó Lochlainn Manuscripts.


Level of Description

24 items.


Colm Ó Lochlainn (1892-1972).

Biographical History

  • Colm Ó Lochlainn was a ballad collector, Gaelic scholar, printer, publisher, binder and bibliophile, from Dublin.
  • He owned the publishing company The Sign of the Three Candles and later The Three Candles Press.
  • He was a lecturer in Modern Irish in UCD between 1933-1944.
  • He wrote several books, published by his own company, The Three Candles Press. 
  • His most famous book is (opens in a new window)Irish Street Ballads which contains ballads selected from the many broadsheet ballads he had collected.

Source of Acquisition
Purchased by UCD in 1963-64.

Scope and Content
  • Primarily 19th century transcriptions of Irish language material.
  • The material contains mostly poetry, stories and herbal remedies, many of which were recorded by the O’Longain scribes of Munster.
  • Manuscripts written by antiquarians: John O’Donovan, Eugene O’Curry, George Sigerson and J. T. Gilbert.
  • Copy of Foras Feasa ar Eireann.
Access and Use

Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.

Primarily Irish. Some manuscripts contain English translations of the prose and poetry.

Finding Aid
The material is listed online in (opens in a new window)Sources: A National Library of Ireland database for Irish research. This search tool is the online version of Hayes, Richard J. (1965) Manuscript Sources for the History of Irish Civilisation, Boston: Hall, also available in James Joyce Library, Level 2, Ref GR 016/091.

More Information

Find Information on Colm Ó Lochlainn in the (opens in a new window)Dictionary of Irish Biography (UCD only).

UCD Special Collections

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7149 | E: special.collections@ucd.ie