This thesis is an examination of seven oral tradition reports, resulting from the distribution of the Famine questionnaire, by the Irish Folklore Commission, in 1945. The aim is to assess the validity of oral tradition as a source on the Great Irish Famine. The seven reports are analysed and compared with other relevant sources, including relief commission papers, outrage reports, contemporary newspapers, travellers’ accounts, estate records and contemporary writings. The study includes statistical tables classifying the oral tradition references by content. The seven chapters encompass seven different aspects of the Famine, covered in the reports. The introduction examines the ethodological issues concerning oral sources, particularly oral tradition. It also provides information on the collection of the oral tradition reports. Finally, it introduces an outline of previous work on the subject. Chapter one examines oral tradition references to pre-...