The Cork Folklore Project

The Cork Folklore Project is a non-profit community research and oral history archive in a partnership with the Department of Folklore and Ethnology at University College Cork, Northside Community Enterprises and the Department of Social Protection. Serving as a community employment scheme located in St. Finbarr’s College, Farranferris, in Cork City, 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 folklore and oral histories–preserving a record of the rich traditions of Cork City and beyond. Our projects have covered a wide array of topics 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, 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, available to community groups, schools and individual researchers. We disseminate material from our archive to the wider community on the CFP website, The Cork Memory Map, Facebook and Twitter, as well as through our free annual journal, The Archive, books, films, radio programmes and in our direct community outreach programme.


School CACSSS/ Department of Folklore and Ethnology
Discipline Folklore and Ethnology
Contact person for the project and any related queries: Dr. Clíona O’Carroll
Community Partner Mary O’Driscoll, Project Manager, The Cork Folklore Project

Contact details
Date: 28/1/15

Leave a Reply