Irish Folklore Commission (Est 1935 – Now The National Folklore Collection UCD)


Irish Folklore Commission (Est 1935 – Now The National Folklore Collection UCD)


The National Folklore Collection UCD, is recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral tradition and cultural history.

The archives and library of the National Folklore Collection, are situated on the ground floor of the Newman Building (Block F) in the UCD Belfield Campus, and are open to the public, Monday–Friday from 10am until 5pm (closed 1-2pm).

You can search the collections here

Or scroll down to specific collections relating to Traveller culture and history.


Main Traveller related material

The Schools Collection 1937 – 8
The Tinkers Questionaire 1952

Main Collectors of Traveller material in the NFC

Padraig Mac Greine (Paddy Greene, Master Greene) (Cant, Lore, Song) – mostly written material rather than recordings : 1930's onwards
Bealoideas 2 1931 'Irish Tinkers or Travellers'
Bealoideas 3 1932 Some notes on Tinkers ;Cant'
Bealoideas 4 1934 Further notes on Tinkers 'Cant'

Kevin Danaher (cant, music, song) late 1940's onwards
Leo Corduff (cant, music, song) late 1950's onwards
Tom Munnelly (cant, song and lore) 1970's onwards
Bairbre Ni Fhloinn (cant, lore, songs and music) 1980's onwards

Other collections – material in the NFC archives
Alem MacSweeney, songs, lore & geneology (1960's onwards)
Oliver Herbrich – film & rushes / Rules of the road (1990's)
Tom Mulligan (The Cobblestone) music, song, lore, crafts 2010
Scratch Films, Liam McGrath – Traveller History project (2016-2017) documentary series and rushes
Gmelch Photographs

Collection Items

Traveller music collected by Tom Munnelly
One day as I rambled through Glasgow, sung by Mrs. McDonagh, a traveller, camped at Cootehall, County Roscommon. 1971-09-15click here to listenFalse Lankum, sung by John Reilly, a Traveller, who was camped at Cloongrehan, Cootehall, County…

Nora 'Oney' Power
'I took down this story from an old ‘woman of the roads ’Nora (Oney) Power (70) September 1930. She was camped on the roadside near the village of Rathmore Co. Longford when I met her. She is a very intelligent old woman an a very fine story teller,…

Questionnaire: Tinkers [Travellers]
143 items
Location of original
Original items located in the National Folklore Collection UCD.
National Folklore Collection UCD
Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive
English ; Irish
Scope and…

The Schools collection
The collection and transcription of this material was carried out nationwide, by the sixth class students of 1937, who, on exploring a given topic set out by the commission and distributed to their school via a small handbook titled Irish Folklore…

Photographic Collection
Selection of imagesTinker’s / traveller’s tent.hereTinkers, Páirc Gharbh, Co. Tinkers, Páirc Gharbh, Co. Giulio Petroni and Leo Corduff filming tinkers in Co. Galway. here Travelling people, Glenhull, Co.…

Gmelsh Collection
Images have not been digitized but a selection of the 3000 images are available to view by appointment, click for more details here

Volume 6  Shelta  Part A

1 Introduction

2 Editor's Note

3 Acton, Thomas and Davies, Gerwyn (1979)
"Educational Policy and Language Use Among English Romanies and Irish Travellers (Tinkers) in England and Wales"

4 Acton, Thomas A (1984)"Gypsies…
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