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Special Collections' & Archives' Subject Support: Folklore

How Special Collections can help you with your research, teaching, learning & assignments.

Introduction to Folklore Resources

Special Collections & Archives have a wide range of sources to assist research on Folklore. Such sources include an authorised copy of UCD's National and Schools' Folklore Collections, the journal Bealoideasreference books for studying folklore in Ireland,1st edition Ordnance Survey maps or maps on microform, local history journals and complementary items for specific areas such as herbals.

There are number of archival collections that contain material of interest. These include;

Contained within personal papers and landed estates collections can be sketchbooks, scrapbooks, diaries, or photographs belonging to individuals that illustrate their travels around Ireland, England and Europe, giving a snapshot of landscape/wildlife visited and observed, and sometimes even mementos preserved e.g. dried flowers/fauna. These archival collections include;


Béaloideas is the Journal of the Folklore of Ireland Society in Ireland. The object of the society as noted in the editorial of the first issue of Béaloideas, (June 1927) was to collect, preserve and publish the folklore of Ireland. Béaloideas is part of Special Collections Serials and is also available on JSTOR.

Folklore Module Guides

All PDF documents are available as Word documents. Please contact should this be required.

Opening Hours

Piloting extended opening hours 26 February-23 August 2024 


  • All rooms: Monday-Friday 10:00-16:30.
  • Microform & Reference Reading Room: Wednesday: 10:00-19:15 (Semester Only*).
  • Closed: Weekends, Public Holidays & Christmas Week.

*Excluding January and Easter Recess. For further details see the Library Calendar.


We are open to UCC staff and students, and members of the public. For more information about what items must be requested and to request them via the online request form see Request Special Collections & Archives.


If you have any queries relating to our collections please email