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Exploring Irish Folklore and Ethnology

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to understand and appreciate Irish folklore and ethnology and to gain practical skills in ethnological collection and presentation.

Minor Award New for 2024

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Course overview

On completion of this programme applicants will have the knowledge, skill and competence to to understand and appreciate Irish folklore and ethnology and to gain practical skills in ethnological collection and presentation.

This course is scheduled to run in Listowel Campus, every Tuesday and Thursday evening, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm for 10 weeks.

Please note: all applicants must have competent written and spoken English (CEFR B1 or Higher).

What will I study ?

  • Explain the concerns, scope and nature of the discipline of folklore and ethnology in Ireland.
  • Identify specific theoretical perspectives which govern the assimilation and interpretation of different manifestations of Irish culture.
  • Explore how folk belief systems were born from and functioned within the specific socio-economic circumstances of 19th and early 20th century Ireland.
  • Interpret folk belief, custom and ritual in Ireland, specifically relating to calendrical and individual time.
  • Appreciate the connections between Ireland’s ancient mythological past, Christian reinventions and 2 vernacular reflexes in respect of individuals, customs and events.
  • Explore Irish material culture in the vernacular tradition between 1700-1950
  • Assess the concerns and problems associated with the curating and conservation of different types of traditional material culture.
  • Identify individuals, institutions and organisations linked with the curating and conservation of the traditions and customs implicit in Irish folk artifacts.
  • Explain the challenges and strategies faced by organisations and institutions involved with ethnographic and folk life curation and presentation.
  • Identify the main categories under which the main corpus of Irish oral literature is organised.
  • Outline the numerous social contexts and reasons for both variation and conservation in popular oral literature in Ireland.
  • Describe significant contemporary exponents of the oral tradition in the Ireland of today.
  • Select published and unpublished, primary and secondary sources and suitable informants on which to conduct research.
  • Present research material in a range of formats.
  • Use digital cameras, recording devices and other technical equipment.
  • Implement best practice in conducting ethnological research, collection, interpretation and presentation.
  • Interpret visual and audio-visual source material, extrapolating data to augment other text-based research data.
  • Evaluate personal research material in light of other ethnological interpretation.
  • Evaluate work produced considering objectives, planning and time management.

What are the entry requirements?

  • Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing a Level 5 programme.
  • Mature applicants with relevant life and work experience.
  • Must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Must be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Fee Information

There is a fee of €200 for this course.

A fee exemption is in place for applicants in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment.  You can check your fee exemption eligibility with Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), INTREO or your Local Employment Service (LES) office.

What's the certification?

QQI Level 3 Minor Award Certificate in Folklore and Ethnology (5N1274)

Still have questions?

Contact our Kerry College Admissions Offices – Tralee on 066 714 9696, Killarney on 064 662 2593 or [email protected]

Part-time Courses - FAQs

FET is short for Further Education & Training. Kerry College is an integrated college of FET. This means we do both progression-focused further education programmes and a range of employment-focused skills training programmes.

We enroll twice each year - January and September.

Part-time programmes run on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and increasingly online.

This depends on the course you choose. 

Some courses have long waiting lists, others - not so much. Places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so the best advice we can offer is to apply in plenty of time.

We enroll over 1000 applicants to our part-time courses each year - so it's always busy.

As places are offered based on the date of application, our team could be working their way down through the list.

That said, always check.

You can call Mary on our Part-time courses team at 066-7149696.

Although all of our part-time courses are fee-paying, we do have a DEASP Fee Waiver in place for those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment. 

This is subject to a waiting list and demand for course places.

Most part-time courses run at Kerry College are Minor awards.

A Minor award is commonly referred to as a module - but also as a component certificate or a certificate of unit credit.

These single 'modules' may be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award that allows learners to collect and build their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award.

Applications for all part-time programmes should be made online - via the Kerry College website or

FETCH COURSES is the national application system for all FET course applications. 

All new applicants must set up a free account on You must use this to apply for all further education and training progarmmes anywhere in Ireland. 

For existing Fetch Courses account holders, login and apply as before. 

You can reset your password using your email or mobile phone. When you do, make sure you keep it for future reference.

Bear in mind, FETCH uses your PPS number to identify you - so although you might be able to set up a second account - it won't work properly.

If you're still stuck, contact our Admissions team on 066-714 96 96

No, aside from the DEASP Fee Waiver, all part-time courses are fee-paying.

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