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.
Originally 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 Casey
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.
The 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
Diarmúid Ó Giolláin
Síle de Cléir
Stiofán Ó Cadhla (University College Cork)
Barry McCarthy (Cork City Partnership)
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.
Tara Arpaia Walsh
Niall de Barra
Síle de Cléir
Felicia de Palo
Rob Galligan O’Longaigh
Valerie Kelly Curtin
Louise Madden O’Shea
Máire Ní Cheilleachair
Stiofán Ó Cadhla
Gearóid Ó Crualaoich
Fr John O’Donovan
Ciaran Ó Gealbháin
Diarmúid Ó Giolláin
Shane David Walsh