Welcome to RASCAL

RASCAL is an electronic gateway to research resources in Ireland. You can use this web-site to search and browse information about the wide range of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives across the region. The Directory consists of comprehensive descriptions of collections available to researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences recording details of content, location, format, and access. Links to institutions' on-line catalogues and other digital resources are provided where appropriate.

Featured Collection

Sam Henry Collection

Henry was a recognised authority on the folklore of Northern Ireland. He is best known for his collection of ballads and songs in "Songs of the people". The collection, with alphabetical index and commentary by Sean O'Boyle, held at Belfast Central Library was assembled and edited by Sam Henry. The eight hundred and fifty songs in two volumes are complete with melodies and were written in a letter notation known as 'tonic sol fa', whose symbols, unlike standard staff notation, are more easily replicated. The ballads and songs in "Songs of the people" were collected within twenty miles of Coleraine and reflect the history of the region.

Irish Jesuit Archives

Irish Jesuit Archives now available online

C.S. Lewis letters donated to Queen's University Belfast

C.S. Lewis letters donated to QUB

ITMA celebrates 25 years with 750,000+ Content items now online

For its twenty-fifth anniversary year 2012–2013, the Archive has planned a rolling programme of publications, projects and events. The first of these sees 750,000+ Content items now available to search online.