Office hours:

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays -- 9AM to 1PM and 2PM to 5PM

  • Thursdays – 9AM to 12.30PM

    Or by appointment

  • Phone number: (021) 422-8100

The Cork Folklore Project was founded as a non-profit research and public oral history archive with material collected by, from and for the community of Cork City.

Serving as a training and employment scheme, the Cork Folklore Project is co-sponsored by University College Cork Department of Folklore and Ethnology, Northside Community Enterprises, Ltd. and the Department of Social Protection.

Helping to combat local unemployment and guarantee an insider’s perspective in the collected material, more than ninety people have worked on the project, acquiring training in computers, oral history interviewing, research, photography, video and sound recording, desktop publishing, archival methods and more.

‌Since our beginnings in August 1996, the Project has been at work collecting and preserving a record of the rich traditions of Cork City and beyond.

‌‌A wide array of topics have been covered including: bingo; hurling; road bowling; showbands; drag hunting; Roy Keane; children's games and rhymes; toys and fashions; textile production; religious processions and feast days; boat building; Traveller families; and Rory Gallagher, but most centrally, documenting the everyday lives of the local people.

‌Our permanent public archive contains hundreds of hours of sound and film recordings and around 5,000 photographs, and is available to community groups, schools and individual researchers free of charge.

As another way of giving back to the community, CFP has created books, radio programmes, short films, a free annual journal, a website, regular Heritage Week events, a travelling exhibition, a series of postcards and the online Cork Memory Map.

CFP equipment 500px by John SunderlandOriginally the brainchild of two UCC Folklore & Ethnology Department members, former head, Gearóid Ó Crualaioch and Dr. Marie-Annick Desplanques, the project’s first home was in the iconic former Sunbeam factory under the umbrella of Northside Community Enterprises.

The fledgling oral history group was then known as the Northside Folklore Project, and was created to increase the understanding and respect for the cultural process of folklore as a method of empowerment and definition of identity for the Northside of Cork.

Over the years our collections have grown and evolved in their perspective to represent the wider city and county of Cork and have spurred an evolution of our name to the simpler and clearer, Cork Folklore Project, or Béaloideas Chorcaí.

Although still on Cork’s Northside, we are now located in St. Finbarr’s College, Farranferris, Northside Community Enterprises' new and expanding campus of training and educational programmes.

We offer training, advice and support to groups and individuals involved in oral history and folklore from around the country and are founding members of the Oral History Network of Ireland.

We have forged strong relationships with the Cork City Council, our local Heritage Officers and Cork City and County Archive.

The Cork Folklore Project permanent archive is open to the public. Please contact us by phone or email to make an appointment to visit.

  • Project Manager: Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara

  • Research Director: Dr Clíona O'Carroll

  • Website Developers: Dr Ian Stephenson, Colin MacHale & Dermot Caseya photo of training of researchers

The Cork Folklore Project offices are located at Northside Community Enterprises in the former St. Finbarr’s College building on Redemption Road, Farranferris, Cork.

If driving from city centre direction:

Starting from Patrick Street, cross Patrick’s Bridge, turn left onto Camden Quay. Turn right over Christy Ring Bridge, go left at the end of bridge then angle immediately right up Mulgrave Road, passing Maldron Hotel on your left.  Follow this road until you come to the North Cathedral on your right. At these traffic lights, turn right onto Gerald Griffin Street, then left up the hill at next lights, passing Neptune Stadium on your left. Just past the stadium take the next right at the traffic lights. Follow the main road around the curves (there are several speed bumps) about half a mile and St Finbarr’s College is on your left. There are gates and a small red brick lodge at the entrance with a sign and a barrier and another small gate lodge on the long tree lined avenue leading up to the red brick building of St. Finbarr’s College.

If coming by bus:

The #2 leaving from Merchants Quay will take you to Cathedral Road.  Get off at the next stop AFTER the Cathedral.  Cross over to the right hand side of the street and walk back towards the cathedral.  Take a left at the health Centre (Orange building) and you will see Hackett’s bookmakers and St Mary’s Library, you are now on St Mary’s Road, follow that road until you come to traffic lights with St Vincent’s Secondary school on your left, cross over and follow the curving road with speed bumps to the gates of St. Finbarr’s on your left. It is approximately a 10 minute walk from getting off the bus.

If approaching on the N20 (Mallow Road):

When nearing Cork you will see the Blackpool Shopping Centre on your left. Turn right on to Popham’s Road at the light by the shopping centre (Dino’s chipper will be on your right) and go up the hill. At the first light turn left and then take an immediate left on to Redemption Road. Follow this around a curve and you will have the grounds of St. Finbarr’s on your right after about a block. There are gates and a small red brick lodge at the entrance with a sign and a barrier, but from this direction they are harder to spot and the turn in is a sharply angled cut back to the right. If the road starts to go downhill you have gone too far.

Once you have arrived:

There is visitor parking in the front of the building. Come through the main doors and turn right to reception, where you can get additional directions to the Folklore Project or have the receptionist ring our offices. We are located on the top floor, towards the South end of the front hall. 

photo of members of the Folkore Project with the Lord Mayor at City HallThe Cork Folklore Project, once the Cork Northside Folklore Project and before that again, The Northside Folklore Project,  was initially intended as an experimental pilot project to bridge gaps between the academic world and the community, while providing an active archival and field research base for urban folklore and oral history in Cork City.‌

The aim was to create a resource that would address the ‘insider perspective’ in all its textures, including the vibrant dynamic of its relationship with the ‘outsider’. 

In its academic dimension, the Northside Folklore Project from the outset broadened the intellectual interests and increased the research output of the Historical / Anthropological domains of cultural studies at UCC, through developing ethnography as a source, a methodology and a theoretical approach.

In its real dimension, it has produced and continues to feed an archive documenting aspects of Cork’s living oral and visual popular tradition, through sound, photographs and videos. 

Dr Marie-Annick Desplanques


  • Gearóid Ó Crualaoich

  • Marie-Annick Desplanques

  • Diarmúid Ó Giolláin

  • Síle de Cléir

  • Stiofán Ó Cadhla (University College Cork)

  • Barry McCarthy (Cork City Partnership)

  • Noreen Hegarty

  • Fr.  John O’ Donovan (Northside Community Enterprises)

Cork Folklore Project staff and contributors

Here are the names, listed alphabetically, of those who have helped to create the Cork Folklore Project: from members of University College Cork Department of Folklore & Ethnology, to staff, to steering committee members, to students on work experience and volunteers -- all of these people have given significantly of their time and energy. The Folklore Project would not be what it is today without their contributions.

Liz Ahern
Catherine Aherne
Louise Aherne
Noreen Aherne
Ríonnach Aiken
Fawn Allen
Tara Arpaia Walsh
Breda Barry
Emma Bowell
Christine Browne
Kay Browne
Jenny Butler
Brian Cahalane
Lorraine Cahalane
Ger Canning
Sarah Cannizzo
Dermot Casey
Alvina Cassidy
Lee Cassidy
John Christoffersen
Sean Claffey
Richard Clare
Alan Cochrane
Lisa Collins
Melanie Cooper
Caroline Cronin
Eileen Cronin
Caroline Crowley
Charlotte Crowley
Jessica Daly
Michael Daly
Niall de Barra
Síle de Cléir
Stephen Dee
Felicia de Palo
Tony Desmond
Marie-Annick Desplanques
Tom Doig
Cheryl Donahue
John Elliott
John Erangey
Joseph Feller
Mark Fitzgerald
Claire Fitzpatrick
Ger Fitzpatrick
Brendan Flanagan
Tom Foley
Catherine Fray
James Furey
Frank Gaffney
John Gaffney
Rob Galligan O’Longaigh
Geraldine Healy
Eanna Heavey
Noreen Hegarty
Michael Hennessy
David Hickey
Madeline Higgins
Shanti Hill-Gauer
Diane Hoppe
Dolores Horgan
Carol Hudson
Margaret Humphreys
Stephen Hunter
Liam Hurley
Breda Ide
Mary Johnson
Penny Johnston
Liz Kavanagh
Myra Kavanagh
Orla Kelleher
Frances Kelly
Helen Kelly
Valerie Kelly Curtin
Conor Kennelly
Mary Kennelly
Joni Kirwan
Carol Koleman
Cheryl Langan
Margaret Lantry
Alison Leo
Niamh Lucey
Joseph Lyons
Colin MacHale
Louise Madden O’Shea
Orla Mangan
Maura Manning
Patricia Manresa
Alan Martin
Ger McAllen
Barry McCarthy
Billy McCarthy
Deirdre McCarthy
Sean McCarthy
Tim McCarthy
Augusta McDermott
Sharon McGarry
Gráinne Mcgee
Annmarie McIntyre
Audrey McMahon
Peter McSweeney
John Mehegan
Mary Mehigan
Michael Moore
Michelle Moore
Niall Moore
Seán Moraghan
Maria Moss
Brigid Murphy
Con Murphy
Esther Murphy
Laura Murphy
Majella Murphy
Pat Murphy
Stephen Murray
Nano Nagle
Máire Ní Cheilleachair
Eddie Noonan
Catherine O’Brien
Claire O’Brien
Gillian O’Brien
Maurice O’Brien
Stiofán Ó Cadhla
Clíona O’Carroll
Noreen O’Connell
Gearóid Ó Crualaoich
Emer O’Doherty
Gearóid O’Donnell
Gill O’Donoghue
Freda O’Donovan
Fr John O’Donovan
Mary O’Driscoll
Ciaran Ó Gealbháin
Diarmúid Ó Giolláin
Rob O’Halloran
Robert O’Herlihy
Carmel O'Higgins
Maureen O’Keefe
David O’Leary
Dermot O’Mahony
Martin O’Mahony
Máire O'Neill
Deirdre O’Reilly
Noel O’Shaughnessy
Paddy O’Shea
Donal O’Sullivan
Ger O’Sullivan
Noreen Power
Frances Quirke
Christine Richards
Meg Roberts
Breda Sheehan
Adeline Shorten
Margaret Steele
Ian Stephenson
Dónal Sugrue
Julia Thornton
Niamh Walsh
Seán Walsh
Shane David Walsh
Mark Wilkins

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