dúchas.ie - National Folklore Collection of Ireland

dúchas.ie is a project to digitize the National Folklore Collection of Ireland, one of the largest folklore collections in the world. The Schools’ Collection is the first collection being made available on this site. It is a collection of folklore compiled by schoolchildren in Ireland in the 1930s. There are 740,000 pages (288,000 pages in the pupils’ original exercise books; 451,000 pages in bound volumes) of folklore and local tradition compiled by pupils from 5,000 primary schools in the Irish Free State between 1937 and 1939. The site also has a useful Irish Surname Index listing known variations and Irish surnames