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New Foundation Aims to Protect and Preserve Irish Folklore Heritage

The National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Á‰ireann), a new UCD spin-out company with charitable status, has been set up to preserve, protect and promote Ireland’s National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin.

The Collection is one of the largest folklore collections in the world. It comprises about 3 million manuscript pages, 500,000 index cards, 12,000 hours of sound recordings, 80,000 photographs and 1,000 hours of video material. It was inherited from the Irish Folklore Commission in 1970 whose mission it continues through the expansion of the collection. The Commission was established in 1935 by Á‰amon de Valera. The patron of the National Folklore Collection at UCD is the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

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