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National Folklore Collection

(UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection)


Contact: The Duty Archivist
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 1430 - 1730; (Excluding public holidays and August)


The National Folklore Collection is housed in the UCD Delargy Centre for Irish Folklore and the National Folklore Collection, which is the successor organization to the Irish Folklore Commission (1935-1971) and the Department of Irish Folklore (1971-2006).

The Centre comprises of an academic department and a collecting archive. The primary functions of the archive of the Centre are to collect, preserve and analyize the folklore and folklife of the island of Ireland and to make the National Folklore Collection available for public consultation. The Collection consists of two manuscript collections, known as the Main Manuscript Collection and the Schools' Manuscript Collection, a Photographic and an Audio/Visual Collection, a specialist Library and a Folk Music section. The collections document various aspects of folklore and folklife, including material relating to settlement and dwelling, livelihood and household support, commerce and trade, the community, human life, nature, folk medicine, time, principles and rules of popular belief and practice, mythological tradition, historical tradition, religious tradition, popular oral literature and sports and pastimes.

Access And Facilities:
The Centre is located in Section F, on the ground floor of the Newman Building (Arts Block) where there is a wide range of primary and secondary sources relating to the folklore and folklife of Ireland. Some collections are available by appointment only.

The Folk Music Collection is located in Newman House, 86, Saint Stephen's Green, Dublin and can be accessed by appointment only. The collection includes music recordings, music manuscripts and specialist music publications.

Main Manuscript Collection
Schools' Manuscript Collection
Photographic Collection
Audio / Visual Collection
Folk Music Collection
Printed Material

Address:  Newman Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
Telephone: +353 (0) 1 7168216
Fax:  +353 (0)1 7161144
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