Folklore Fragments – A New Podcast Series

National Folklore Collection Launches New Podcast Series

The National Folklore Collection began a new project on April 20th with the launch of their Blúiríní Béaloidis / Folklore Fragments podcast. A new monthly, bilingual folklore podcast, Blúiríní Béaloidis is a platform to explore Irish and European folk tradition across an array of subject areas and topics. Hosts Jonny Dillon and Claire Doohan, our colleagues here in the archive, hope these informal and friendly tours through the folklore furrow will appeal to those who wish to learn about the richness and depth of our traditional cultural heritage. In keeping with our guiding ethos we hope that knowledge and understanding of our past might inform our present, and guide our future.

In this introductory episode, Claire and Jonny delve into definitions of folklore in order to dispel some common misconceptions surrounding the discipline, before tracing the cultural and political context of interest in folk tradition, which saw it arise as an expression of Romantic Nationalist thought across Ireland and Europe in the 19th century.

Episode 1 – What is Folklore

Next up: May Day.


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