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Part of national folklore collection digitised

University College Dublin has launched the first phase of its digitisation of the National Folklore collection held at its campus at Belfield. The government has committed a further €1.75 million to continue the work.

Duchas.ie is the name given to the electronic folklore repository launched on 18 December. It features 64,000 pages of hand-written folklore and local history recorded between 1937 and 1938 by Irish schoolchildren. This is only a small fraction of the two million manuscript pages, thousands of photographs and thousands of hours of sound recordings that are held in the collection.

The work is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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