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Featured Collections

Irish Life and Lore catalogues and recordings

Here we present some of our Collections with additional material, which may be of especial interest to people.

You can now download these individual recordings for €6.99  to use for study and research or to enjoy at your leisure.

Browse the Recordings or Search the collection catalogue to purchase recordings ...





The Clondalkin Paper Mills Oral History Collection

The Irish Country House and Great War Oral History Collection

The Kerry Hospitality Industry Oral History Collection

Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection

Irish Life & Lore presents audio recordings and categorised audio visual clips for you to find out more about the time when Irish men and women fought for Irish freedom. This collection of 111 recordings include interviews with relatives of those who participated in the 1916 Rising and also some original recordings with participants ...

Witnesses to Independence

This extraordinary series of recordings brings this turbulent period of Irish history to life. Irish Life & Lore presents audio recordings, photographs and a book for you to find out more about the time when Ireland fought for independence.

Great Houses of Ireland

The 'Big House' played a part in Ireland's history and literature. Now you can listen to recollections and memories of present day inhabitants and descendants of the Great Houses of Ireland.

Irish Traditions and Folklore

There are hundreds of hours of audio recordings in the Irish Life and Lore database. In these Irish traditions and folklore are discussed covering all areas of the country by people of every age from young to old.


Listen to interviews with some exceptional people including Con Houlihan. This is a page to which more individuals will be added over time.

Irish Missionaries

The Irish Missionary Union (IMU) Stories Project and the Jesuit Missionaries in Hong Kong has now been completed.  It consists of 150 and 8 recordings respectively compiled with Irish Missionaries who have spent many years working abroad. The audio recordings are accompanied by illustrated and indexed catalogues and are now available for purchase. For more information and to listen to some excerpts from these interviews ...

Reflections on the Urban District of Killarney

To mark the abolition of the Killarney Town Council, Irish Life & Lore presents oral history audio recordings for you to find out more about the workings of the the Urban District of Killarney. This page also includes some audio excerpts for you to enjoy.

Record and Preserve Your Family Voices

Maurice O'Keeffe interviewing for a recording

Preserve forever your very own family, company, institution or community history
The history of each and every family is unique. It is as fascinating and varied as the people who formed it, and the times in which they lived. The living members of your family or community can now have their own unique family history compiled on audio, so that not only will the factual history be recorded digitally, but also the personal voices of family members will be preserved for the future. Find out more ...

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