Irish Protestant Folk Memory Project

The Irish Protestant Folk Memory Project sets out to document the different ways in which Protestants have historically engaged with and contributed to Irish public life, in the social, cultural and economic spheres, with a view to adding significantly to our understanding of the depth and breadth of Irish folklore.

While Irish Protestants are well represented among Ireland’s earlier folklore collectors (not least of whom was Douglas Hyde, inaugural president of the Folklore of Ireland Society in 1926), Irish Protestant cultural history is not as well represented in the archives of the National Folklore Collection as that of the Catholic community. To help address this deficiency, the National Folklore Collection is appealing to Irish people to respond as best they can to a questionnaire they’ve set up, which seeks to document a number of aspects of Irish Protestant folk memory.

Persons who agree to participate will be provided with a questionnaire, information about the project, and details of how to take part. Questionnaires can be submitted by post or electronically. Respondents are also invited to have their reminiscences recorded at a later date by staff of the National Folklore Collection.

Participants are assured that their responses can be anonymised should they request so, or public access to it restricted for an agreed period of time. In cases where respondents do not request anonymity but material is noted as being sensitive in nature, we will also take steps to prevent public access to it.

For further information, and to access the questionnaire, please click on the following link:,124613,en.html