Roinn an Bhéaloidis has from the outset maintained its keen interest in fieldwork at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The undergraduate modules have always included Research Seminars, Workshops and Fieldwork elements. In both Léann Dúchais and Folklore undergraduates are trained, encouraged and supervised in conducting hands-on research aimed at experiencing the ethnographic process first hand and at endeavouring to produce primary evidence through the use of archival material or fieldwork or sometimes both. The departmental archive is upstairs in number 5 Elderwood, College Road and the Northside Folklore Project, is located in St Finbarr’s College.
Our Archival facilities include the UCC Cartlann an Bhéaloidis: Folklore and Ethnology Archive and the archive of the Northside Folklore Project. The Northside Folklore Project, originally a topic of the undergraduate seminars in Léann Dúchais and Folklore, was co-founded by the department and Northside Community Enterprises and FÁS.
Our holdings consist of multimedia material incorporating the research of both staff and students and occasional material deposited by external depositors. Catalogues and indexes can be consulted in the archives themselves and visitors are welcome on appointment. The material in the archives, videos, sound recordings and photographs, document various aspects of life in Cork city as well as in Gaeltacht and other areas. In UCC it is in both English and Irish and in the NFP mainly in English. Some of this has been broadcast and published (see publications / foilsiúcháin). It is hoped to publish further the material in these archives in the future.
A short clip of a rollerblader at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.