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Folklore Photograph Collection

Abstract: Selection of photographs from the National Folklore Collection which illustrates the work of the Irish Folklore Commission and its successors.

In collection Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVLRA)

  1. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Some of the founder members of the Irish Folklore Commission; L to R: Seán Mac Giollarnáth, Séamus Ó Duilearga, An tAth. Eric MacFhinn, Adolph Mahr, Osborn Bergin, Hans Hartmann*, Peadar Mac Fhionnlaoich, Liam Praigheas, Rev. John G. O'Neill, Leon Ó Broin, Éamonn Ó Donnchadha, Louis Maguidir, Michael Heaney*, Ake Campbell.
  2. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Séamus Ó Duilearga (Delargy). Honorary Director of the Irish Folklore Commission and first Professor of Irish Folklore.
  3. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Tadhg Ó Murchú recording on the ediphone in Spuncán, An Coireán. Tadhg Ó Murchú was a full time collector for the commission from 1935 until 1958, working for the most part in south-west Kerry, west Cork and south-west Clare.
  4. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Séamus Ennis taking notes from Colm Ó Caodháin, Glinsce, Carna, Co. na Gaillimhe.
  5. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Seán Daltún, Séamus Ó Duilearga, Seosamh Ó Dálaigh, Mícheál Ó Dónaill, Co. Waterford.
  6. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Ciarán Bairéad, Irish Folklore Commission, transcribing an Ediphone (wax cylinder) recording in a kitchen on Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  7. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Séamus Ennis with disc-recording apparatus sitting in van, Cloonaghlin, Co. Kerry.
  8. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Tadhg Ó Murchú recording on the ediphone from Padraig Ó Suilleabháinm, in Spuncán, Waterville, Co. Kerry.
  9. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: The Ediphone, Waterville, Co. Kerry.
  10. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Leo Corduff with recording gear and recorder on a barrow going to James Caulfield's house in Derryamph near Scotstown, Co. Monaghan.
  11. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Seosamh Ó Dálaigh recording from Máire and Cáit Ruiséal. Ediphone, Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  12. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Dr. Thomas Wall in the office of the Irish Folklore Commission, 82 St. Stephens Green, Dublin.
  13. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Maire Mac Neill sitting at the typewriter in the office of the Irish Folklore Commission.
  14. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Bríd Mahon worked as a secretary and publications officer for the Commission and afterwards as a folklorist for the Department of Irish Folklore, UCD
  15. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Mrs Máire Dillon in the office of the Irish Folklore Commission where she worked as a clerical assistant and later as a secretary in the Department of Irish Folklore, UCD.
  16. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Transcription by Séamus Ennis of the song Cailín deas Crúite na mBó, collected from Colm Ó Caoidheáin, Glinsce, Cárna, Co. Galway.
  17. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Pádraic O Moghráin, An Mhala Raithni, was one of four special collectors who worked on a part-time basis as collectors in their home areas. Padraic O Moghrain worked in the west Mayo area from 1954 to 1956.
  18. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Seán Ó Flannagáin, Loch Cútra, worked as full time collector for the Commission in south Galway and in north Clare from 1937 until 1940. Portraits of him walking in the countryside, Lough Cutra, Co. Galway.
  19. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Proinnsias Mac Grianna, Na Rosa, worked as a part-time collector in Donegal for the Commission.
  20. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Mícheál Mac Énrí worked as a special collector in west Mayo from 1954 until 1964.
  21. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Michael J. Murphy worked as a full time collector for the Commission and the Department of Irish Folklore until his retirement in 1983. He collected in counties, Antrim, Down, Armagh, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Derry, Louth, Sligo and Cavan.
  22. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Seán Ó Cróinín worked as a full time collector for the commission from 1398 until 1965, in most parts of Co. Cork.
  23. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Pádraig Bairéad worked as a part-time collector for the Commission in Co. Mayo.
  24. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Liam de Noraidh was the first full time collector of folk song and traditional music to be employed by the Folklore Commission, collecting throughout Muster from 1940 until 1942.
  25. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Micheál Ó Sírín worked as a full time collector for the Commission in Erris in Co. Mayo from 1951 until 1954.
  26. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Proinsias de Búrca worked as a collector in Connemara and in Co. Mayo.
  27. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Aodh Ó Duibheannaigh worked as a part-time collector in Co. Donegal.
  28. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Tomás a Búrca worked as full time collector for the Commission in north Mayo from 1940 until 1944.
  29. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Brian Mac Lochlainn worked as a full time collector with the Commission in Co. Galway and the coastal islands from 1936 to 1939.
  30. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Liam Mac Coisdeala worked as a full time collector for the Commission from 1935 until 1939 in Conamara, south Mayo and in Erris.
  31. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore. L to R: Seán Mhárthain Ó Súilleabháin, Br. P.T. Ó Riain and Joe Moriarty, Baile An Fheir-téaraigh, Co. Chiarraí.
  32. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Tadhg Ó Murchú, with ediphone and cylinders, is leaning against dry stone wall with bicycle and fields visible in background, Waterville, Co. Kerry.
  33. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: L to R: Seán Ó Carúin, Seán Mac Mathúna and Pádraig Ó Flannagáin, Co. Clare.
  34. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Ciarán Ó Síocháin (right) was a part-time collector in Co. Cork; and Seán Ó hEochaidh (left) worked as a full time collector in Co. Donegal from 1935-1983.
  35. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Tadhg Ó Murchú and his wife, Waterville, Co. Kerry.
  36. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: L to R: Antoine Ó Donnchadha, Gleann Caisil; Máire Ní Chróinín, Eachléim; Tomás Mac Garbhuigh, Inbhear; and Mícheál Mac Énrí.
  37. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Liam Mac Meanman, with his mother and sister, Móinín, Clochán. Liam Mac Meanman worked as a full time collector in Co. Donegal from 1935 until 1937.
  38. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Group of men with fishing equipment. L to R: John Gannon, Anthony Gannon, Seán Rowland, Michael Corduff, Rossport, Co. Mayo.
  39. Officials of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: L to R; Caoimhín Ó Danachair and Tadhg Ó Murchú.
  40. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Thomas Farrell, The Gunner, and James G. Delaney who started work as a full time collector in 1954 in the midlands, in Co. Leitrim and Co. Wexford.
  41. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Seán Ó Dubhda (right) worked as a special collector from 1954 to 1962 in Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Kerry. Pádraig Ó Súilleabháin was a fisherman and a storyteller.
  42. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Seán Ó Súilleabháin, Caoimhín Ó Danachair and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow on the occasion of his visit to 82 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, 1949.
  43. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Micheál Breathnach and Stith Thompson.
  44. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Anraí Ó Braonáin, Reidar Christiansen and Seán Ó Súilleabháin.
  45. Maps illustrating the intensive collecting and sound recording work of the Comission and Department of Irish Folklore.
  46. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Making notes in area to be flooded in Poulaphuca, Co. Wicklow.
  47. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore. L to R: Michael J. Murphy, Senator L. Lynch, Heinrich Wagner, Annie McCrea.
  48. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: L to R: Seán Ó hEochaidh, Tomás de Bhaldraithe, Ciarán Bairéad, Micheál Ó hAodha and Séamus Ó Duilearga, 82 St. Stephens Green, Dublin.
  49. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore. L to R: Colum Mac Gille Eathain recording from Aongus MacMillan, Benbecula, Scotland.
  50. A house in the Hebrides, Scotland, 1947.
  51. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Colum Mac Gille Eathain (right) collecting from Séamas mac Fhionghuin (Seumas Iain Ghunnairigh) the first storyteller from whom he collected in Scotland, Am Bagh a Tuath, Barraigh, Inse Ghal.
  52. Edward Maddrell and Charlie Watterson, near Port St Mary, Cregneash, Isle of Man.
  53. L to R : John Kneen and Harry Boyd, two of the last speakers of Manx, Isle of Man.
  54. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Tommy Braide recording from Harry Boyd at Chibbyr y Vrandy, Isle of Man.
  55. View of dispersed settlement, Teelin, Co. Donegal.
  56. A type house commonly found along the north-west seaboard with its rounded roof-ridge and roped thatch, Teelin, Co. Donegal.
  57. Settlement cluster, Licketstown, Co. Kilkenny.
  58. House, Rathnew, Co. Wicklow.
  59. Mary Kelly's house with a timber chimney, Tullycarra, Co. Wexford.
  60. Entrance to the kitchen of Mary Kelly’s house, Tullycarra, Co. Wexford.
  61. Mary Kelly beside the hearth, Tullycarra, Co. Wexford.
  62. A view of Vevay Road in Bray, with some thatched houses, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
  63. A view of Larkin's pub, Teaguestown, Co. Meath.
  64. View of house set in a rocky rural landscape, Waterville, Co. Kerry.
  65. Exterior of house with a thatched roof and chimney, Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
  66. View of house over stone wall, Doolin, Co. Clare.
  67. Slate roof house near Kilrush, Co. Clare
  68. House at Srahataggle, Co. Mayo.
  69. Rolls of sod for roofing, Rossport, Co. Mayo.
  70. Map indicating various methods of securing thatch.
  71. Plan of house with bed-outshot, Teernakill north, Co. Galway.
  72. Bed outshot, Loch na Fuaidhe, Co. na Gaillimhe.
  73. Map illustrating the distribution of the bed outshot feature.
  74. Interior of house of M. Breathnach, Maam Cross, Co. Galway.
  75. Dresser, Tí Pheadair Standúin, Toormakeady, Co. Mayo.
  76. Exterior shot of two small houses, Claddagh, Co. Galway.
  77. Farmhouse, near Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  78. Haymaking near Waterville. A view of men near the coast making hay, Co. Kerry.
  79. Turf-cutting meitheal, Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
  80. Oats growing in ridges, Glenmore, Co. Kerry.
  81. Straw stacks on stands in farmyard, commonly used in order to protect the stacks from rodents and damp and to provide ventilation, Co. Wexford.
  82. Anthracite mill, Co. Carlow.
  83. Close-up shot of windmill, Co. Wexford.
  84. Making a bogdeal rope, Glenmore, Co. Kerry.
  85. Making a bogdeal rope, Glenmore, Co. Kerry.
  86. Pats Carey, shoemaker, Kinneigh, Co. Kerry .
  87. Paddy Murphy working in the pottery founded in 1659 at Carley's Bridge, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
  88. Conchubhar Pheadair Ó Síochaín, Cnocán na mBáirneach, Co. Chorcaí.
  89. Mary Barlow at work on the spinning wheel, Aclare, Co. Sligo.
  90. Woman washing wool, Co. Galway.
  91. Drawing water, Omeath, Co. Louth.
  92. Breadmaking, Ceathrú, Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  93. Breadmaking, Ceathrú, Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  94. Breadmaking, Ceathrú, Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  95. Martin Galvin making a seine boat, Dún Géagáin, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.
  96. Making a currach, Carrowroe, Co. Galway.
  97. Making a currach, Carrowroe, Co. Galway.
  98. Making a spiller, Aran Islands, Co. Galway.
  99. Fish trap for catching mullet, Portacloy, Co. Mayo.
  100. Lobster pots, Annascaul, Co. Kerry.
  101. Drying fish in the sun, Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  102. Shore - seaweed gathering in Cornamona, Co. Galway.
  103. Naomhóg, Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  104. Men from the Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry, carrying a naomhóg.
  105. Blasket men laying grass on the bottom of a naomhóg as they prepare to bring a cow to the Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  106. Bringing a cow in a naomhog to the Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  107. Flat-bottomed boat, Bannow Strand, Co. Wexford.
  108. A Boyne coracle, Oldbridge, Co. Meath.
  109. Slide cart, Glenlark, Co. Tyrone.
  110. The Block-wheel car, Knockballiniry, Co. Tipperary.
  111. Panniers on donkeys, Coumeenoole, Co. Kerry.
  112. Liam Stac carrying a back basket, Co. Kerry.
  113. The cattle markets, North Circular Road, Dublin.
  114. St. Declan's well, Ardmore, Co. Waterford.
  115. Our Lady's well, Mulhuddart, Co. Dublin.
  116. St. Michael's well, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.
  117. Lone thorn bush, Co. Louth.
  118. The Crooked Tree - former gallows in Newcastle, Co. Limerick.
  119. Gravestone, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.
  120. Tombs, grave cross, flagstone: Road side death cairn near Rossport, Co. Mayo.
  121. Crosses at Kilmore, Co. Wexford.
  122. J. B. Kearney holding lighted sheaf on top of hay - fork, Turloughmore, Co. Galway.
  123. Sweathouse and well, Creevaghbawn, Tuam, Co. Galway.
  124. May bush, Co. Westmeath.
  125. Feast of St John's Fire, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  126. 12th July celebrations in commemoration of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, Rathfriland, Co. Down.
  127. Halloween divination, Co. Dublin.
  128. Halloween divination, Co. Dublin.
  129. Mummers' orchestra, Carcur, Co. Wexford.
  130. St Stephen's Day/ Wren Boys: Three wren boys in road, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  131. Tossing the Sheaf, Galbally, Co. Limerick.
  132. The Bird Market on Sunday mornings near Francis Street, Dublin.
  133. Elizabeth Holmes (nee Healy) dancing with Harry Braine.
  134. Dancing on the Pier at Clogher, Co. Louth.
  135. A bookie; Jim Clare, c.1900, Co. Kerry.
  136. Michael Doherty, fiddler, Na Cruacha, Blue Stack Mountains, Co. Donegal.
  137. Hopscotch, Calderwood Ave, Dublin.
  138. Hopscotch, Calderwood Ave, Dublin.
  139. Hopscotch, Calderwood Ave, Dublin.
  140. Hopscotch, Calderwood Ave, Dublin.
  141. Beartla Ó Confhaola, An Aird, Carna, Co. Galway.
  142. Work of the Commission and Department of Irish Folklore: Leo Corduff and a group of men in Seán Ó Confhaola's public house, Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  143. Colm Ó Caodháin and family, Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  144. Family at Hearth, Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  145. Interior of house, Gorumna Island, Co. Galway.
  146. Colm Mhichael Ó Flaithearta and others, Inishmaan, Co. Galway.
  147. Seán Ó Laoi agus a chlann, An Cheathrú Rua, Co. na Gaillimhe.
  148. Aran boy on rock, Inishmaan, Co. Galway.
  149. Elizabeth Cronin, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork.
  150. Jim Farrell (Old Farrell), informant, and relatives, Imaal, Co. Wicklow.
  151. Tomás Ó Criomhthain, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  152. Family from Iveragh, Co. Kerry.
  153. Peig Sayers at her own fireplace, Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  154. Séan Mhichíl Grummell, dancing master and noted storyteller, with a youthful audience, Caherscullibeen, Co. Kerry.
  155. A farmer and his family, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  156. Children's dress, c.1908, Co. Limerick.
  157. Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh, Co. Chorcaí.
  158. Tea Party, Athea, c.1905.
  159. Catalore, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  160. Anne Ó Hanlon, Omeath, Co. Louth.
  161. Little boy traveller with long blonde hair and innocent expression, Co. Galway.
  162. Little girl traveller laughing, Co. Galway.
  163. Little boy traveller beside adult, Co. Galway.
  164. Stiofán Ó hEalaoire, Luach, Doolin, Co. Clare .
  165. Seán O Cáruin, Lough, Doolin, Co. Clare.
  166. Beanseanchaí: portrait of an old woman sitting down facing the camera wearing a shawl, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
  167. Beanseanchaí: portrait of an old woman with rocks in the distance. Woman’s dress, fashion, clothes, costume, Co. Roscommon.
  168. Donal McKay, storyteller, Glenariff, Co. Antrim.
  169. The rag man, Dublin, Marino, Co. Dublin.
  170. Dublin street traders, Co. Dublin.
  171. Work of the Commission: L to R; Tom Lenihan, Tom Munnelly and Junior Crehan, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare.
  172. Seanchaí, Seán Ó hEinirí (John Henry) (70), Kilgalligan, Erris, Co. Mayo.
  173. Pádraig Ó Nia and his sister Bríd, Carna, Co. Galway.
  174. Friends of the Commission: Máire Uí Mhaí was originally from the Bluestack mountains in Co. Donegal and is a native Irish speaker. She has a rich store of songs, stories and general lore.
  175. Pádraig Shannon, informant, Doolin, Co. Clare.
  176. Video-recording in progress, Pádraig Ó Nia and Bríd Ni Nia's house, Carna, Co. Galway.
  177. View of trees, Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin.
  178. ESB at work, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
  179. ESB at work, Leixlip, Co. Kildare.
  180. Lough Tay, Co. Wicklow.
  181. Upper Liffey valley, Co. Wicklow.
  182. Lough Tay, Co. Wicklow.
  183. Bridge over River Slaney, Co. Wicklow.
  184. Upper Liffey Valley, Co. Wicklow.
  185. View of Omeath, Co. Louth.
  186. River Boyne, Co. Meath.
  187. View of men outside John Long's pub in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
  188. Burren pasture, Co. Clare.
  189. Landscape near Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  190. Galty Mountains landscapes, Co. Limerick.
  191. View of village, Seeoran, Cavan.
  192. Painting a cart by the River Annalee, near Cootehill, Cavan.
  193. ESB work, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
  194. Galway County courthouse, at the Main Guard, built after original courthouse (situated in the Tholsel in Shop Street) was burned down.
  195. The promenade, Bray, Co. Wicklow.
  196. View of houses, Clogherhead, Co. Louth.
  197. View of houses, Clogherhead, Co. Louth.
  198. Trim castle, Co. Meath.
  199. View of Clonbulloge, Co. Offaly.
  200. View of Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
  201. View from Patrick's Bridge, Cork.
  202. Houses, Inis Meadhon, Aran, Co. Galway.
  203. Houses, Inishmaan, Aran, Co. Galway.
  204. House at Rossport, Co. Mayo.
  205. House at Doolough, Co. Mayo.
  206. House at Binghamstown with chimney gable and roped thatch, Co. Mayo.
  207. Licketstown farm village, all houses thatched, Co. Kilkenny.
  208. House at Lough Bray, Co. Wicklow.
  209. House at Knockley, Co. Laois.
  210. House, at Railway bridge, near Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford.
  211. Calf shed at Mullalougher, Co. Longford.
  212. House at Salterstown, Co. Louth.
  213. Man leading a donkey at Clogherhead, Co. Louth.
  214. House at Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.
  215. House at Dunboyne, Co. Meath.
  216. House at Dunboyne, Co. Meath.
  217. Tigh le clochán agus beirt bhan ina seasamh lasmuigh de, Co. Chiarraí.
  218. Tigh Thomáis Uí Chriomthain - house of Tomás Ó Criomhthaiin, Co. Kerry.
  219. Houses of Ó Connaill, Gleann Mór, near Waterville, Co. Kerry.
  220. House of Mike Ó Sullivan, Cionárd, Co. Kerry.
  221. O'Connell's house, Glenmore, Co. Kerry.
  222. House at Valentia, Co. Kerry.
  223. Evicted village, Co. Kerry.
  224. View of house with thatched roof at Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry.
  225. Two-roomed house with thatched roof, Newtownsandes, Co. Kerry.
  226. Two-rooomed house and combined outhouse, Asdee, Co. Kerry.
  227. View of extended entrance and hipped gable, Co. Kerry.
  228. House with hipped roof and gable chimney, Co. Kerry.
  229. Houses at Luogh, Inis Oírr (Aran) in the background, Co. Clare.
  230. House near Rockchapel, Co. Cork.
  231. Farmhouse near Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  232. Farmhouse near Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  233. Farmhouse near Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  234. Farmhouse near Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  235. Farmhouse near Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  236. House at Rooskagh, Co. Limerick, with chimney in hipped roof.
  237. Houses at Drumreask, Co. Limerick.
  238. Houses at Drumreask, Co. Limerick.
  239. ‘Strong’ farmer’s house at Gortnagross, Co. Limerick.
  240. Mc Coy’s old mill, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  241. Terrace of thatched houses at Park, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  242. Two-roomed house near Ballylanders, Co. Limerick.
  243. Houses at Ballyallinan, Co. Limerick.
  244. House at Knocknaboul, Co. Limerick.
  245. Shop at Knockaderry, Co. Limerick.
  246. House with hipped roof, Co. Limerick.
  247. Thatched house on roadside between Robert's Cross and Baile na nGall, Co. Waterford.
  248. House of Mr. Bourke, Knader, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
  249. House in Teelin, Co. Donegal.
  250. House foundations at Carraroe, Co. Galway.
  251. O’Connell's house, Glenmore, Co. Kerry.
  252. House foundations at Athea, Co. Limerick.
  253. Semi-underground outhouse for calves, sheep or fowl in bog at Bellacorrick, Co. Mayo.
  254. Eroded mud-walled house, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.
  255. Dwelling of Cáit na Pluaise (Cave Kate), near Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry.
  256. Dwelling of Cáit na Pluaise (Cave Kate), near Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry.
  257. Clocháns at Coumeenoole, Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  258. Clochán at Cill Mhic a’ Domhnaigh, Co. Chiarraí.
  259. Roofs of Moher slate on outhouses at Luogh, Co. Clare.
  260. House made of sods, Tooraree, Co. Mayo.
  261. Cave dwellings, Cushendall, Co. Antrim.
  262. Walling of clay blocks, Co. Down.
  263. Woman and child sitting by the fireplace, Carrowroe, Co. Galway.
  264. Hearth of Micheal Morris, Carnanrancy, Glenhull, Co. Tyrone.
  265. Fence at Rundale, Rathmorgan, Co. Mayo.
  266. Fence at Rundale, Rathmorgan, Co. Mayo.
  267. Buaile agus Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Ballinloghig, Co. Kerry.
  268. Tinker’s / traveller’s tent.
  269. Ceallúnach (burial ground for unbaptized children) with Ogham stone at Valentia, Co. Kerry.
  270. St. Michael's Monastery, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.
  271. Oyster-fishing at weir, Clarenbridge, Co. Galway.
  272. Oyster-fishing at weir, Clarenbridge, Co. Galway.
  273. Salmon fishing on River Moy, Co. Mayo.
  274. Salmon fishing at Annagassan, Co. Louth.
  275. Salmon fishing at Annagassan, Co. Louth.
  276. Landing fish at Clogherhead, Co. Louth.
  277. Catch of whiting at Clogherhead, Co. Louth.
  278. Landing fish, Co. Louth.
  279. Salmon fishing at Annagassan, Co. Louth.
  280. Going pike-fishing at Trim, Co. Meath.
  281. Cashen gandelows, Co. Kerry.
  282. Boys fishing for perch, Lough Skeagh, Co. Cavan.
  283. Erne eel weirs, Lough Erne, Co. Donegal.
  284. Erne eel weirs, Lough Erne, Co. Donegal.
  285. Demolishing eel weir at Kathleen's Falls, Lough Erne, Co. Donegal.
  286. Old eel weir at Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
  287. Boats at Céibh, Clarenbridge, Co. Galway.
  288. Boats (including curach, left, and two báid iomartha / rowing boats, right) at quay, Galway city.
  289. Boatmen at Roundstone, Co. Galway.
  290. House made of old boat on Lambay Island, Co. Dublin.
  291. Launching the lifeboat from a fishing boat, Clogherhead, Co. Louth.
  292. Lobster pot, Clogher, Co. Louth.
  293. Net mending at Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  294. Fishing gear, Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  295. Net mending at Dunquin, Co. Kerry.
  296. Salthouse at Dungegan, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.
  297. Nets drying beside River Lee, Co. Cork.
  298. Sheep flock, Co. Wicklow .
  299. Farm at Cappagh More, Co. Galway.
  300. Horse-drawn wooden harrow at Addergoole, Co. Galway.
  301. Old (”bi-furcated”) spade ridges, The Mullet, Co. Mayo.
  302. Digging potato ridges, Bohernabreena, Co. Dublin.
  303. Spraying potatoes, Co. Louth.
  304. Oats planted in spade ridges (”lazy beds”), Lohart, Co. Kerry.
  305. Manuring spade-tilled potato ridges, Athea, Co. Limerick.
  306. Turf cutting, Mullalougher, Co. Longford.
  307. Turf cutting, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.
  308. Corn stack at Claregalway, Co. Galway.
  309. Wheat in stooks, near Borris, Co. Carlow.
  310. Harvesting with horse-drawn reaper and binder, Co. Louth.
  311. Loading mangles at Salterstown, Co. Louth.
  312. Tractor-drawn reaper and binder, Co. Louth.
  313. “Saving” hay, Rinnín, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.
  314. Making “mud” turf.
  315. Gathering seaweed, Annagassan, Co. Louth.
  316. The Old Mill, Milltown, Co. Dublin.
  317. The corn-grinding mill at Glenhull, Co. Tyrone, with water wheel.
  318. A scissor grinder, Co. Dublin.
  319. Posting bills, Co. Dublin.
  320. Sign painter at work, Co. Dublin.
  321. Turf cutting, Glenasmole, Co. Dublin.
  322. Turf cutting, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry.
  323. Drawing water, Omeath, Co. Louth.
  324. A road mender, Co. Louth.
  325. A road mender, Co. Louth.
  326. Making bog road, Seeoran, Co. Cavan.
  327. Making bog road, Seeoran, Co. Cavan.
  328. Flag bridge across Lee, Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  329. Horse and cart, Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  330. Creamery carts at Kilbehenny, Co. Limerick.
  331. Locomotive, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.
  332. Bundles of heather/furze on men's backs, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  333. Donkey Pannier, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  334. Turf barrow, Glenhull, Co. Tyrone.
  335. Waiting for the boat, Inishmaan, Co. Galway.
  336. Bringing cattle to the Steamer from Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  337. Bringing cattle to the Steamer from Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  338. Currach at Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  339. Séan O Conaola, carpenter, tarring a currach, Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  340. Five-man salmon-fishing currachs at Portacloy, Co. Mayo.
  341. Bringing in turf from a turf boat, Inisheer, Co. Galway.
  342. The quay, Kilronan, Co. Galway.
  343. View of Dublin Port.
  344. Close-up of the rag man talking to children and holding a doll in his hand, Co. Dublin.
  345. Horse-drawn bread van.
  346. Street market (Beresford St), Dublin.
  347. Street trader, Dublin.
  348. Dundalk market day, Co. Louth.
  349. Oyster seller, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
  350. Oyster seller, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
  351. Oyster seller, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
  352. Hooded cloak near Ballingeary, Co. Cork.
  353. Tinkers, Páirc Gharbh, Co. Galway.
  354. Tinkers, Páirc Gharbh, Co. Galway.
  355. Giulio Petroni and Leo Corduff filming tinkers in Co. Galway.
  356. Travelling people, Glenhull, Co. Tyrone.
  357. Sunday Mass outside Church.
  358. Tea break at Turas pilgrimage, Irish College, Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
  359. Burned house with slogans, Co. Cork.
  360. Soldiers positioning a gun.
  361. Soldiers operating a gun.
  362. Window shopping, Dublin, Co. Dublin.
  363. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.
  364. Fire at shed, Dublin.
  365. A petrol station at night, Dublin.
  366. The Dáil, from the National Library, Dublin.
  367. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.
  368. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.
  369. St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.
  370. Street scene, Dublin.
  371. Dump at Landscape Road, Dublin.
  372. Rathlin people, Co. Antrim.
  373. Group of men, Aran Island, Co. Donegal.
  374. Drawing water, Cornamona, Co. Galway.
  375. Our Lady's Well, Ballyheige, Co. Kerry.
  376. St. Bridgets well, Moher, (between Liscannor and Cliffs of Moher), Co. Clare.
  377. St. Brigets Well, Moher, (between Liscannor and Cliffs of Moher), Co. Clare.
  378. Dublin zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
  379. The Christmas candle, Co. Dublin.
  380. The “wishbone” bird, Co. Dublin.
  381. A family, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  382. Four girls, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  383. Old woman and a girl, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  384. Three girls, in front of stone house with thatch, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  385. Young man (Seán Ó Criomhthain) playing fiddle, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  386. Naomhóg and six men, possibly at Inisicíleáin, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  387. Girl and woman, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  388. Tomás Ó Criomhthain outside his house, Great Blasket, Co. Kerry.
  389. Two women and three girls, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  390. Two boys and a woman, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  391. Group of children, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  392. Young woman by the hearth, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  393. Woman and girl in house interior, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  394. Man standing beside an unfinished naomhóg (currach), Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  395. Two boys with lobster, Blasket Island, Co. Kerry.
  396. Blasket Islands kitchen, Co. Kerry.
  397. A young Blasket Islands family, Co. Kerry.
  398. Group of men and boys with sea behind, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  399. Three children, Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry.
  400. House and family of Tomás Ó Súilleabháin (Postman), Baile an Tobair, Corr na Mónadh, Ballintober, Co. Galway.
  401. Annie McCrae, Teebane East, Co. Tyrone.
  402. Elizabeth Holmes dancing with Harry Braine outside a small shop in Ardoyne, Tullow, Co. Carlow.
Date
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Type of resource
still image
Physical description
402 items (image/tiff) — Digital origin: reformatted digital — Reformating quality: preservation
Scope and Content
The 402 photographs presented here form a representative selection of the photographic element of the National Folklore Collection. The entire collection consists of some 80,000 images, chiefly the work of staff of the Irish Folklore Commission and its successors. Parts of the collection were also purchased or donated by private individuals. The work of adding to the collection is ongoing. The collection is composed of negatives, transparencies, photographic prints, lantern slides and glass plates.
Note
In 1985 the Department of Irish Folklore at UCD curated an exhibition of some 170 photographs entitled I gCuimhne na nDaoine (In Memory of the People) to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Irish Folklore Commission. This exhibition was intended to illustrate the scope and achievement of the Irish Folklore Commission’s collecting and archiving activities, from its foundation in 1935 to the establishment of its successor the Department of Irish Folklore, University College Dublin, in 1971.
Note
The Commission’s holdings are now part of the National Folklore Collection, within the School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics.
Note
In addition to this particular exhibition, researchers are invited to browse a further sample of images of Irish life and the cultural landscape from the National Folklore Collection. These photographs are mostly nitrate negatives dating from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s which have been digitized in recent years.
Custodial History
The National Folklore Commission was the body responsible for the collection until 1971 when it was replaced by the Department of Irish Folklore and incorporated into University College Dublin.
Arrangement of the Collection
Like its manuscript and audio collections, the photographic collection is arranged according to the system of classification outlined by Seán Ó Súilleabháin in his A Handbook of Irish Folklore (see the list of subject headings below). The majority of the images in the collection have been indexed, and a database has been created to facilitate the work of researchers. The IVRLA has incorporated the NFC classification system and has added additional subject headings.
Subject
Settlement and Dwelling
Livelihood and Household Support
Commerce and Trade
The Public/ Community
The Person/ Human Life
Nature
Times and Feasts
Belief and Practice
Oral Literature
Public/ Community Travellers
Pastimes, Games
Location
UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics. National Folklore Collection UCD. Folklore Photograph Collection
Custodial History
The National Folklore Commission was the body responsible for the collection until 1971 when it was replaced by the Department of Irish Folklore and incorporated into University College Dublin.

Record source
Metadata creation date: 2008-10-29 — Prepared by IVRLA project staff, UCD Library, University College Dublin. Finding aid encoded in EAD by the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) - D.M., 29 October 2008.

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