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Folk Music

Digitally reformatted audio recordings from the song collection of Tom Munnelly.

music recording

Folklore Schools 1937-38

A collection of primary school copybooks gathered under the direction of the Irish Folklore Commission to bring together information on Irish traditions from across the country.


Schools’ Manuscript Collection - Carna & Ballinasloe, Co. Galway / Bailiúchán na Scol - Carna agus Bhéal Átha na Sluaighe, Co. na Gaillimhe

This sub-collection consists of five volumes of essays dealing with a wide range of local folk tradition and history, written by schoolchildren in 1937-38, and drawing on information recorded from parents, relatives and neighbours living in the districts of Carna and Ballinasloe, Co. Galway.


Urban Folklore Project (Dublin)

Collection of interviews and field recordings made at various locations throughout Dublin.

recorded sound

Questionnaire: Tinkers [Travellers]

Questionnaire and collected material on the subject of Tinkers [Travellers] in Ireland, issued by the Irish Folklore Commission.


Folklore Schools Games

The project seeks to build on the earlier work of the Irish Folklore Commission in collecting the Schools’ Survey in 1937-38.


Questionnaire: Irish Famine (1845-1852)

Questionnaire and collected material on the subject of the Irish Famine. Compiled by the Irish Folklore Commission.


Questionnaire: Emigration to America

Questionnaire and collected material on the subject of Irish emigration to America. Compiled by Arnold Schrier in collaboration with Seán Ó Súilleabháin of the Irish Folklore Commission.


Schools’ Manuscript Collection - My Home District / Bailiúchán na Scol - Mo Cheantar Féin

This sub-collection consists of a series of selected essays by schoolchildren from participating counties in Munster and Connacht entitled "My Home District", a topographical description of their own locality which they were encouraged to write.


Folklore Photograph Collection

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

still image


Pat was an Irish three-penny weekly satirical periodical, published and printed in Dublin by W. P. Swan. It was founded in 1879 by political cartoonist and illustrator John Fergus O'Hea, and writer and editor Edwin Hamilton. Hamilton and O'Hea had previously worked on the comic magazine Zozimus, the magazine Ireland's Eye, and the weekly newspaper Zoz. Pat was edited by Hamilton, with illustrations provided by O'Hea and other artists. Publishing ceased temporarily from September 1880 until January 1881, when O'Hea was joined by cartoonist Thomas Fitzpatrick. A summary printed in a number of issues describes the content as "artistic, literary, humorous, satirical… Each number contains, printed in several colours, one double page cartoon and one or more full page cartoons, besides numerous uncoloured sketches and minor illustrations. The literary matter, supplied by Irish writers of recognised ability, will treat of current events, not only in Dublin, but in all parts of Ireland". Regular features included a diary of the character Pat, reports on theatre productions in Dublin, descriptions of Dublin streets and areas, and travel notes from around Ireland and London. The illustrations cover many of the major political, social, and cultural issues of the period. Pat ceased publication in March 1883 and was followed by the short-lived magazine The Irish Diamond. (Based on information from the Dictionary of Irish Biography and Irish Comics Wiki)


The Shan Van Vocht

The Shan Van Vocht was a national monthly magazine founded in 1896 by two Belfast women, Alice Milligan and Anna Johnston (later Anna MacManus) following their departure from another journal, the Northern Patriot. The Shan Van Vocht contained literature, poetry, historical articles, and political commentary, as well as news and events of various cultural and political societies. Poetry and prose in Irish were included, occasionally with an English translation. As the centenary commemorations of 1798 approached, many issues included articles, short stories, oral histories, and poetry relating to the United Irishmen’s rebellion. Alice Milligan is listed as the editor and Anna Johnston as the secretary in most issues, but in practice the two are believed to have acted as co-editors. Both women also wrote for the journal; Anna Johnston, often under the name ‘Ethna Carbery’, and Alice Milligan, sometimes under the name ‘Iris Olkyrn’. James Connolly, Douglas Hyde, and Arthur Griffith were among those who contributed to the Shan Van Vocht. The journal also featured writings by P. J. McCall, Lionel Johnson, T.W. Rolleston, John MacNeill, William Rooney, Michael Cusack, Thomas Concannon, Alice Furlong, Nora Hopper, and Seumas MacManus under the pen name ‘Mac’. In 1899 the Shan Van Vocht ceased publication and the subscription lists were transferred to Arthur Griffith’s United Irishman.


Irish Famine Research Project

Indexes and representative data compiled by the National Famine Commemoration Project in the Parsonstown, Ennistymon, Inishowen and Rathdrum Unions.