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Jonny Dillon

The National Folklore Collection

The National Folkore Collection at University College Dublin is a rich store of Ireland’s ‘fringe’ history, containing personal stories, traditions and tales that are integral to our identity. In recognition of its ‘world significance’ and ‘outstanding universal value to culture’, the archive’s foundational collection – the Irish Folklore Commission Collection 1935-1970 – was inscribed into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in September 2017. In this lunchtime talk, archivist Jonny Dillon will unpack the unique history of this valuable national resource, recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral tradition and cultural history.

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