Thurles Can Travel Back In Time Assisted By Dú

Visit Thurles and Tipperary from the 1930’s onwards & enjoy Photographs and Folklore.

Dú is a project that aims to digitise the National Folklore Collection of Ireland.

The overall project consists of three main sections:
(A). The Schools’ Collection (Visit HERE).
(B). The Photographic Collection (Visit HERE).
(C). The Main Manuscript Collection (Visit HERE).

The Schools’ Collection includes approximately 740,000 pages of folklore compiled by pupils from 5,000 primary schools, between 1937 and 1939. Folklore compiled by Tipperary pupils can be viewed HERE.

You can even access records of folklore from pupils who attended local Thurles schools, including the Thurles CBS, (Visit HERE) and Thurles Presentation Convent, (Visit HERE).

The Photographic Collection comprises 80,000 photographs, all mostly taken between 1935 and 1970.

The main Manuscript Collection provides access to records of Ireland’s oral tradition and material culture, the majority of which was collected from 1935 onwards.

Not all of the precious manuscripts held in this great collection have been transcribed, but Dú are inviting users of the site to transcribe, on a voluntary basis, stories that were collected as part of the Schools’ Collection. If you would like to volunteer then please visit HERE.


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