Copyright, digital preservation, sensitive material and contact

The archive material on this site is the property of the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin and is held in trust for the people of Ireland. University College Dublin respects the rights of those from whom the material in the archive was collected or who provided material, and the College will strive to prevent any inappropriate use of the material in its care.

The archive and research material made available on this website can be used provided that the source is acknowledged. For permission to republish material or to discuss any issues regarding permissions or copyright, please write to

Licence and attribution

The material on this site is made available under the CC BY-NC 4.0 licence. The data can be used non-commercially. If data from Dúchas is used, it must be attributed as follows including hyperlinks (the title between double quotation marks to be changed as appropriate):

The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0621, Page 413” by Dúchas © National Folklore Collection, UCD is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0.

The surname index is available for download in XML format under Open Database License (ODbL) v1.0. The transcribed material is being provided subject to a CC-BY-NC 4.0 licence and participation in the Meitheal is on that understanding.

The geographical database Logainm is the source of national placename data. The geographical database GeoNames is the source of international placename data.


Low and medium resolution images can be freely downloaded by users. Those seeking to obtain high resolution digital copies of individual images should contact the National Folklore Collection at A handling charge of €10.00 per image is charged for such copies.

National Folklore Collection Preservation Policy

The National Folklore Collection (NFC), University College Dublin, is committed to preserving the digital objects accessible on this site in a secure and resilient storage environment. The NFC will ensure the long-term management, security and integrity of all digital assets in its care. The NFC adheres to established standards and best practice in relation to digital capture, processing and sustainability of digital assets.

Sensitive material

The National Folklore Collection has a duty of care to all those who participated in their various collections. On this basis, access to certain material is restricted if it is deemed likely to cause embarrassment or offence. The sensitive status of this material is continually being reviewed and if you require further information please contact us. If you come across any unsuitable material in the transcriptions, contact us ( and we will look into it without delay.

Offensive material

This website offers public access to historical archival materials collected by the Irish Folklore Commission and successor organisations. Users should note that this cultural content reflects norms and values from the period and context in which it was collected, and may in some isolated instances contain language and negative stereotypes deemed offensive by contemporary standards. The National Folklore Collection strives to balance its responsibility for authentic presentation of records in its care with a duty of care to its users and its contributors.

In order to mitigate any possible harm or offence to users, in a limited number of instances we may draw users’ attention to potentially sensitive items in the following way:

  • By replacing offensive or derogatory text with ellipsis […] in digitized titles and in transcriptions.

We are actively reviewing (autumn 2020) our policy on offensive material. Should you require further information or clarification regarding material hosted on this site, or wish to express a view on the inclusion of a particular item, we welcome your comments. The editorial team can be contacted at or

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