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Traveller Story and Song

The traditions of Ireland are the background of our history; they have helped in large measure to mould the Ireland of the past; they are part and parcel of the Irish nation of today. We desire to see them known and honoured, for the Ireland of tomorrow will have need of them, finding in them a source of inspiration and pride.

J. H. Delargy, Honorary Director, Irish Folklore Commission (1942)

The Irish Folklore Commission was founded in 1935 with the intention of preserving Ireland’s oral and material culture, including folklore and traditions. Collectors went out into the field and recorded the stories and songs to be found in different communities, fragments that form part of the rich social history of Ireland. In 1971, the Commission ceased, but the archive it had collected was integrated into the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin, along with material collected by the Irish Folklore Institute and the Department of Irish Folklore in UCD.

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