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Through our decades of work in audio recordings and books, thousands of rare voices have been captured. In rich accents from all regions of Ireland, we document the country's local, national and social history as well as her unique culture, customs, beliefs and traditions.

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You can download individual recordings (€6.99) or purchase them on CDs (normally €15 but now €10 until Christmas 2014). You can also view the price of each Oral History Collection, see applicable Collection page.

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UNIQUE OFFER – From now until Christmas, all Irish Life and Lore recordings on CD will be priced at €10 each – a reduction of 33.3%. Browse the Audio Collections pages for recordings compiled in most of the Irish counties and with people who worked with bodies such as Bord na Móna, Horse Racing Ireland, Clondalkin Paper Mills, colleges such as Trinity College, DIT and CIT and for recordings compiled in many of Ireland's Great Houses and country houses. Also available are recordings with relatives of those central to events at Easter 1916 and also with relatives of the Irish men and women who fought in the Great War.

The value of oral history

Gabriel Doherty, HistorianMr Gabriel Doherty, Lecturer, School of History, at University College Cork, talks about the value of oral history and the place of Irish Life & Lore recordings in that record.

  1. Gabriel Doherty

Seventh Kerry Oral History Collection

Clondalkin Paper Mills Oral History


Browse the 28 recordings in the new Kerry, 7th Collection – now available to purchase (either MP3 download or CD) .

Clondalkin Paper Mills

Clondalkin Paper Mills Oral History


36 recordings compiled with former management and staff of Clondalkin Paper Mills can now be viewed and are available for purchase on CDs or by download

Listen to some short excerpts from the full recordings here and see a few photographs that will bring back memories

"Maurice O'Keeffe talking about Clondalkin Paper Mills" on Morning Ireland, RTÉ Radio 1, August 22 2014

The Irish Country House and the Great War

This important new collection of 56 audio recordings was launched on July 30 2014 at the National Library, Dublin. Listen to some short excerpts, see photos of the launch, browse the catalogue and purchase recordings here

  The Irish Country House and the Great War Collection

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection

The 1916 Rising Oral History Collection: catalogue

In February 2012, the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and South Dublin County Council supported us in the compilation of an oral history collection of interviews relating to the 1916 Rising. This fascinating project has now been completed and was launched by Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD at Dublin Castle on 13th November 2013.

Listen to some short excerpts, see photos of the launch, browse the catalogue and purchase recordings here

Great Houses of Ireland

Great Houses of Ireland

Voices from the Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, by Jane O'Keeffe. Published by Mercier Press, 2013. The second edition of this book will be published in February 2014.

The Great Houses of Cork and Kerry, first Collection (51 interviews) is now available for purchase by download or on CDs. This series was launched at Fota House in 2011.

The Great Houses of Ireland, second Collection (70 interviews) is now available for purchase by download or on CDs. It was compiled in the counties of Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Tipperary; this project was also generously funded by FEXCO. The launch took place in April 2012 at the National Library of Ireland.



» NEW COLLECTION:  The 7th Kerry Collection, consisting of 28 recordings compiled over the last twenty years, is now available.  The Collection is funded by Kerry Co. Council.

» We are currently working on the creation of oral history modules for schools, which will be subject to a yearly subscription.    Utilising samples from our oral history archive of over 3,000 recordings, the modules will be designed by a history teacher and academic.   Details will become available in the Spring of 2015.

» From the archives – work is progressing on Witnesses to Independence (previously known as ‘Recollections of 1916 and Its Aftermath’), a collection of recordings done in the early 2000s with those who witnessed the 1916 Rising and its aftermath. Read more and listen to some brief excerpts from these interviews.

» Dr Helene O'Keeffe is working on her book To Speak of Easter Week, to be published by Mercier Press in Autumn 2015.  The book, supported by the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will relate to the recordings compiled for the 1916 Rising Oral History Collection.

» Forty-six interviews in the Horse Racing Ireland Oral History Collection are now available for purchase.

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