Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann: The National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin


Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann, The National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin and successor to the Irish Folklore Commission (1935-1970), consists of manuscript, photographic, and audio/video archives, as well as a specialist library and a music archive. It contains two million manuscript pages, thousands of hours of audio recordings, 80,000 photographs, and a number of paintings. The specialist library holds some 50,000 items relating to Irish and comparative folklore and ethnology. It is tasked with the preservation, dissemination, and augmentation of the collections.



Transcription of “Ceaite na gCuach” from fieldwork by Séamus Ennis.

Image: Colm Ó Caodháin, Glinsce, Carna, County Galway, Ireland in the 1940s.

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