The Archive is an annual publication by the Cork Folklore Project.

It contains historical accounts, engaging stories and pictures of Cork City, with contributions from members of the Cork Folklore Project and the people of Cork City.‌

Each edition of The Archive is available as a downloadable Portable Document Format (PDF) file by clicking on the individual issues below.

‌Moreover, the link below will open a searchable Catalogue of all the back issues 1 to 17 of The Archive in a PDF file. 

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The Archive Issue 20

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The beautiful red cover of Issue 19 of The Archive represents a dramatic visual design change, but inside, as usual, you will find something for everyone. There are articles that contain water monsters and sea serpents, rapparees, slave ships and holy wells. You can read about important figures in Cork’s history and culture, from Nancy McCarthy to ‘Mother Lake’, to the legacy of the late great fiddler, Seamus Creagh. Let our resident architectural conservator make the case for the preservation of our remaining thatched houses, or hear the argument for oral history as a tool of social justice. Of course there are excerpts from our sound archive and a wide variety of evocative memories; from shopping for sweets as a child, to a portrait of a local character, to the day the ship the City of Cork crashed in to Clontarf Bridge, and much more.  

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Issue 18 of The Archive represents another leap forward in design and layout but with our usual wide variety of material. Some of the subjects included in this issue are Celtic vampire lore, the changing place names and street signs of Blackpool, the unusual life of the painter Patrick Hennessy, the phenomenon of Faction Fighting, the ‘navvies’ who built our railways and highways, and the story of Cork’s Female Freemason. We also feature articles on contemporary culture, such as The Alternative Miss Cork event and Cork’s Ring Leagues, and much more.

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Issue 17 of the Archive features articles on Loafers Bar, Pirate Radio, the Cork-Youghal railway line, the Kino Cinema and the Great Exhibition, as well as some rare and previously unpublished images from Cork's past, kindly submitted to us by contributors. 

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Issue 16 of The Archive chronicled the history of Crowley's Music Shop, explored the mythical and the mundane of the Cork Printmaker's exhibition and took a long look at gargoyles.

There was more about the Cork Memory Map project and plenty of Sound Excerpts garnered from the people of Cork.

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Issue 15 of The Archive brought colour to Cork viewed through the eyes of a Cork Mason, another presidential car had trouble on Irish roads and you could check out our memory map on the centre pages, a new project that we are working on, associating memories of the city with places on the Cork map.

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Issue 14 of The Archive delveed into some more contemporary and popular culture such as gaming, urban exploration and sound art. There was a brief history of the Metropole and sound excerpts from interviews on the North Infirmary.

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Issue 13 of The Archive was away with the fairies as it checked out our beliefs and superstitions. From Cork to the Canadian Arctic and back to the Banks of the Lee, it's all here in the Archive.

Edited by Noel O'Shaughnessy.

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Issue 12 of The Archive answered the questions that a lot of people out there have been asking:

  • Who was Eliza Lynch?

  • Where was Blackpool's Roaring Bridge?

  • Why did Nano Nagle risk her life to teach?

  • And what on earth is a transdermal mohawk?

All this and more inside...

Edited by Noel O'Shaughnessy.

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Issue 11 of The Archive covered a wide range of topics, including a haunted house in Ballinacurra, An Óige and the cycling movements in Cork, basketball on the Northside, a history of Cork flax mills, vintage motor memories, our regular features of Sound Excerpts, Folklore Miscellany and much more.

Edited by Noel O'Shaughnessy.

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Issue 10 of 'The Archive' had the concluding part of the Transport Revolution. 
We brought you Street Soccer, De Dockers of Cork and City Witches as we celebrated ten years of the Northside Folklore Project.

Edited by Noel O'Shaughnessy.

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Issue 9 of 'The Archive' showed us the delights of the Turkish barbershop, the tragedy that was the "S.S Ardmore" and the sometimes strange, with 'Sound Excerpts' taken from our new Radio Series - "How's It Goin' Boy?", as we welcomed Cork's City of Culture year.

Edited by Colin MacHale.

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Issue 8 of 'The Archive' described the fiery destruction of Sunbeam and celebrated its history. 
There was a film-trip down the Bride, a look at Cork's old cinemas, as well as an investigation of the culture of Goth.

Edited by Stephen Hunter.

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Issue 7 of 'The Archive' brought with it some excerpts from the NFP's sound archive recorded over the years, "A Folklore Miscellany" representing the City's North, South and Middle as well as Cork County, plus an article from the Lord Mayor.

Edited by Stephen Hunter.

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Issue 6 of 'The Archive' walked us down the Butter Roads, brought us to the Old Head Of Kinsale, celebrated Christmas in Shandon and met up with the crew from Meitheal Mara.

Edited by Stephen Hunter.

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Issue 5 of 'The Archive' included "The Bravest Hand In Ireland", an article outlining the life of Alasdair MacColla or "Colkitto"; where Cork's Kent Station got its name; and the life and times of a messenger boy in 1940s Cork.

Edited by Stephen Hunter.

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Issue 4 of 'The Archive' brings us into the new millenium with articles about Jack Lynch and Rory Gallagher amongst others. Also we are proud to announce our new book publication - "Life Journeys".

Edited by Stephen Hunter.

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Issue 3 of 'The Archive' described, amongst other things, the demolition of the Blackpool flats in Cork city as well as life in the flats during times past.

Edited by Stephen Hunter.

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Issue 2 contained more graphic content and was edited using equipment sponsored by The Heritage Council.

This edition was designed and laid out by Tim McCarthy.

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Issue 1 concentrated on describing the project's aims and objectives to the general public, as well as carrying articles on the Showbands, the fashions of Cork, Draghunting, schools folklore, the travelling community and Halloween.

The project's archive was also described by archivist Charlotte Crowley.

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