Skip to Main Content

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

From Monday 29th November 2021 Special Collections and Archives is open Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays) to UCC staff and students, and members of the public. Individual Reading Room opening hours are as follows:

  • Reference Reading Room & Microform Room: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, Friday: 11:00-16:30 and Wednesday: 11:00-19:15.
  • Rare Books Reading Room: Monday - Friday: 11:00-13:00 & 14:00-16:30.

For more information about what items must be requested and to request them via the online request form see Request Special Collections & Archives.


In addition we continue offering:

  • Scan & Deliver for Special Collections' material including items in the Reference Reading Room, Microform and items that show Special Collections by Request / Special Collections by Appointment on the library catalogue.
  • Reprographic requests for manuscripts & archival material via

Every effort will be made to fulfil scan & deliver / reprographic types of requests, but this may not always be possible due to availability, copyright restrictions, size and condition of materials. Due to the time-consuming nature of fulfilling requests across multiple microfilm reels rather than journal articles/book chapters there is a limit of 5 items in a week. 

If you have any queries relating to our collections please email This email address is monitored regularly.