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We’re thrilled to announce the winners of Wiki Loves Folklore Ireland 2024! This year, we saw a deluge of entries capturing the vibrant tapestry of Irish folklore traditions, from music and dance to crafts and storytelling.

The judges were thoroughly impressed by the creativity and vibrance displayed in each photograph. These images not only showcase the beauty of Irish culture past and present but also ensure its preservation for generations to come.

A huge congratulations to all the winners!

First Place

A.-K. D., CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

In first place is ‘St Nicholas’s Well, Kilkenny’ by A.-K._D. 

This image shows the entrance stone to St. Nicholas’s, well in Co.Kilkenny. Steeped in tradition and revered for centuries, Ireland’s holy wells (Tobar Beannaithe) are more than just sources of water. With over 3,000 scattered across the country, they hold a unique place in Irish heritage, serving as tranquil sanctuaries for prayer, devotion, and even healing. While holy wells can be found elsewhere, Ireland boasts the largest concentration globally, with nearly every parish claiming at least one, and some even harboring multiple.

Second Place 

In second place we have ‘Spectators at the Saint Patrick’s day Parade in Cork’ by Oncewerecolours.

Oncewerecolours, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

This photo shows an interesting perspective on the St.Patrick’s Day parade with the photographer choosing to focus on the spectators rather than the spectacle. You can see a diverse group of people all untied by their green attire enjoying the parade in South Mall, Cork.

 

Third Place

 

A.-K. D., CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

In third place we have ‘St. Nicholas’s holy well with church ruin’ by A.-K._D. This photo depicts a wider shot of St. Nicholas’ Holy well with beautiful church ruins in the background.

A heartfelt thank you to all the participants and to our amazing judges Oein DeBhairduin and Jon O’Sullivan!

Your entries were truly inspiring, showcasing the richness and diversity of Irish folklore. We at Wikimedia Community Ireland are incredibly grateful for your contribution to documenting and sharing this vital cultural heritage.

Feeling inspired to upload photos as open source on Wikipedia? Enter Wiki Loves Earth!

Disappointed that you missed the opportunity to enter Wiki Loves Folkore? Don’t worry we have another photo contest starting on June 1st. Wiki Loves Earth is taking place in Ireland (including Northern Ireland) for the 5th year! This contest is dedicated to capturing Ireland’s protected landscapes and natural heritage. Find out how to enter to win prizes here