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.


VIDEO: Storing the treasured memories of our past


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

The Cork Decorative & Fine Arts Society (CorkDFAS)

The Cork Decorative & Fine Arts Society (CorkDFAS) has announced more details of its programme of lectures for autumn/winter 2015/2016.

On November 4th, Mary Jane Boland, a lecturer in the History of Art Department at UCC, will give a talk entitled Constructing Identity? Art and Patronage in Ireland 1800-1830. On December 2nd, calligrapher and printmaker Kevin Honan will give a lecture entitled The Spirit and the Letter: Pilgrims, Books and Wild Ink.

Events in 2016 include a talk on on February 3rd on the designs in the Honan Chapel by James Cronin of the School of History and Adult Continuing Education in UCC; on March 2nd, Michael Waldron, author, researcher, lecturer in UCC, will give a talk on The Most Palatable Irish Holy Alliance of Pope and Prince: A History of Cork’s Canova Casts (which are currently displayed in the Crawford Art Gallery); on April 6th, Jennifer McCrea, head of audience development and engagement in the Irish Heritage Trust, will give a lecture entitled Reading the Walls: The Stories that Historic Wallpapers Reveal which is linked to a private tour of Fota House. On May 4th, Tom Dunne, professor emeritus in UCC, will talk about sculptor Oliver Sheppard and his work, The Death of Cúchulainn, in the GPO in commemoration of the Easter Rising.

The society, which “promotes the advancement and study of the decorative and fine arts and the conservation of Cork’s artistic and cultural heritage”, also organises visits to places of interest and opportunities for members to volunteer for appropriate conservation activities.

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Knocknaheeny Regeneration Community Research Training

This project is training a group of local residents in socio-economic research skills.  The group have recently completed a Certificate / Diploma in Women’s Studies with ACE at Uuniversity College Cork and have been recruited to undertake a large scale survey of 400 households in the Knocknaheeny Regeneration Programme which is being implemented by Cork City Council Regeneration Office.

During the Spring and Summer of 2015 fifteen local residents (all women) undertook intensive research methods training with Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan, Research Officer,  and Ms Lorna Kenny, Research Assistant, of the School of Applied Social Studies.  The aim of the survey is to provide baseline information on resident perspectives and experiences of the regeneration of Knocknaheeny to date which will be used to inform future phases over the ten year lifetime of the Regeneration Masterplan.  The researchers will beEach household participating in the survey will be given a €10.00 gift voucher which is sponsored by SuperValu.  The community researchers aim to pursue other employment opportunities in surveying and social research such as the Census 2016 and market research for other public and private sector organisations.

School: School of Applied Social Studies

Discipline: Applied Social Studies

Staff Involved: Dr Siobhan O’Sullivan Research Officer, Ms Lorna Kenny, Research Assistant Prof. Cathal O’Connell P.I.

Date: 2015-09-16



The Music4Children programme was devised in 2011 by Dr. Eva McMullan-Glossop and her colleague Mr. Padraig Wallace. Initially inspired by her two little boys Joe and Sam, Eva saw the need for a quality music programme that was accessible to both children and parents in her locality. Music4Children celebrates music learning through fun and creativity by taking inspiration from contrasting cultures, musical genres and most importantly, the children themselves. This course encourages confidence building, independent thinking and playful interaction making learning music a positive experience. Since 2011 the programme which commenced in Crosshaven with 23 children has gone from strength to strength with a second location opening in the Music Building at UCC. Music4Children not only facilitates music learning to over 300 children in the city and county, it also provides employment to over 15 tutors, many of which are UCC graduates, and work experience to third level students wanting to pursue carriers in teaching. Music4Children has also engaged with a number of research projects including Hands On: Feel the Music in association with Disability Support Service UCC, ChildVision, NCBI and the National Braille Production Unit, to increase the accessibility of music to blind and visually impaired students. They are about to launch a new Creative Therapy Space later this year as they invite, Maeve Browne, a qualified Music Therapist to join the Music4Children team.

Parents and children have responded very positively to the approach taken at music4children


My two children have attended Music4Children since they were aged 4 and love it! Eva and Padraig have a special talent in engaging the younger children in music through fun activities and games, whilst at the same time teaching them the fundamental theories of music. It’s now three years later and my two boys are happy participants in Jason’s ukulele class. (Yvonne Nolan)


Our five year old son Joseph has attended Music4Children for the last few years. Initially he was shy but Eva & Padraig were very patient with him and let him join in in his own time. Now he skips in to ukelele class without looking back. The classes are brilliantly paced with a range of fun learning activities to engage the children and facilitate their learning and love of music. (Eithne Hunt)

Hands On: Feel the Music

‘Hands On’ is an on-going collaborative research project that is currently taking place between the Department of Music and the Disability Support Service in order to increase the accessibility of music to blind and visually impaired students at University College Cork. The aim of this project is to actively promote braille music literacy and also explore new technologies and teaching methodologies that can enhance both the approaches taken by the teacher and learner to create an environment, which is accessible to both visually impaired and sighted students learning side-by-side. This handbook has provided strategic teaching methodologies that have been compiled by experts who have detailed experience of working specifically with students that have sight difficulties. The focus, therefore, is to put in place an existing teaching framework easily accessible to those teaching music to blind and visually impaired students both in the University and in the wider community.


Robert Creed, a current undergraduate student at th e Department of Music

Robert Creed, a current undergraduate student at th e Department of Music Robert Lamb Photography

The ‘Hands On’ project has not only brought national organizations together, but has also assisted in creating an awareness within the music teaching community. With the support of funding from the National Seminar Series and Disability Service at UCC, Hands On: Feel the Music handbook was launched at which teachers, students and parents attended from across the country.



University College Cork Choir

Directed by Dr. Eva McMullan-Glossop and accompanied by Dr. Rhoda Dullea, the UCC choir comprises of staff and students from across the UCC campus, as well as members from the wider Cork Community. Since Eva’s appointment as musical director, she has revitalised the ensemble: numbers have increased dramatically and the profile of the ensemble has been raised significantly through a programme of regular and successful public performances. Eva’s emphasis on the important role the Choir plays in community music making is mirrored in their continued participation in a number of charity-based performances throughout the City and County. Since 2009 the Choir has performed at the annual service for Féilecáin, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association. UCC choir have continued to sing at this deeply moving and at what can be a very affecting ceremony each year. Marie Creegan, the training officer at Féilecáin has “felt that the choir’s presence each year has contributed greatly to the success of the service. The choir also contributed to the Arts Council funded FUAIM: Lifesounds community project in 2011 and will continue to partake in such projects as they arise.

As recognised by the Internationally acclaimed Cork Sochoir1prano Cara O’Sullivan “the emphasis of this choir is inclusivity and it shows…..staff members and students give their time and energy to make beautiful music while raising much needed funds for charity. Eva McMullan their conductor has brought a sense of warmth and welcome to the choir. I look forward to the next adventure with the UCC choir!”


PsychSlam is an annual competition held by the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. The event gives Transition Year students the opportunity to gain experience with the discipline of psychology by researching a psychological topic of their choice and delivering a presentation to staff and students at UCC. One the fun and challenging aspects of PsychSlam is that the teams must use the PechaKucha method of presentation. With this method, students must condense their delivery to twenty slides of twenty seconds each in length. School teams are supported by mentors from the School of Applied Psychology, who offer guidance on readings and presentation style.

In 2015, nine schools from across Cork city and county took part in the inaugural event and were judged by selected staff and students of the School of Applied Psychology. Presentation topics ranged from the reliability of eye witness testimonies to the nature of online friendships and the neuroscience of love. This well attended event also heard of the psychological attributes which make Roy Keane mentally tough and how seeing altered selfies can make you reconsider your health habits.  Prizes were awarded for the top three schools along with an audience choice award.

The location of the competition at the heart of the UCC campus gave students a taste of university life and a chance to explore the environs of the college grounds. The students had a great day and had the opportunity to talk with current psychology students and staff, and to find out more about Applied Psychology as a course, and as a career.

Psychslam offers a unique opportunity for prospective students to engage with both psychological subject matter and researchers in a third level environment. The School of Applied Psychology enjoys strong relations with Cork’s secondary schools and looks forward to hosting PsychSlam again in 2016.



Restoration of Ancient Monuments

The Department of Archaeology in UCC has a long history of engagement with community groups on heritage matters. With great popular interest in our subject, there is  always scope to make the results of our research accessible to the general public. The Department regularly advises and supports the general public, local societies, schools and community groups on a range of areas relating to the archaeological heritage of Ireland. The aim is to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of this rich heritage, and so contribute to its protection through community-based support.

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UCC Archaeology recently carried out an archaeological excavation at the site of a standing stone pair in Clogagh North townland, near Timoleague, Co. Cork. This Bronze Age monument had been removed during field clearance some years ago. Following a request from the local community, Professor O’Brien and a team from the MA in Archaeological Excavation conducted a week-long investigation at the site. This located the original sockets, as well as three adjacent pits containing cremated human remains. Several other pits were discovered, as well as features connected to modern agriculture at this location. There are no early artifact finds, however radiocarbon dating of the cremations places the primary use of this monument in the period 1200–1000 BC. On completion of excavation, the two stones were re-erected in their original positions and the position of the cremation pits marked, thus restoring the monument.

School   School of the Human Environment
Contact Person Professor William O’Brien
Community partner   Clogagh National School, Timoleague, Co. CorkFr Patrick Hickey PP and Mr Bob Allen NT.
Date:  24th February, 2015