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)

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!”

Cork LGBT Digital Archive

This project involves collaboration and co-operation between Digital Arts and Humanities in UCC and the LGBT community in Cork, with the aim of developing an open and interactive Digital Archive on the History and Development of the LGBT Community in Cork from the 1970s onwards.

The Digital Archive is being developed by Orla Egan who is a PhD candidate in DAH in UCC and has also been actively involved in the Cork LGBT community since the 1980s.  The Digital Archive will be based on a private collection gathered over the past 30 years and stored in a private home, as well as materials gathered from other sources in the community.  Oral Histories will also form part of the archive.   A broad based Advisory Group has been formed to advise and support the project.

The Cork LGBT Digital Archive is being developed with the aim of redressing the invisibility of the history of the LGBT community and document and acknowledging its contribution to Cork’s social and political history.  This is an exciting and timely project.  The development of a Cork LGBT Digital Archive will create a sustainable resource that will be accessible and searchable by future scholars.   It will also create a repository for archiving materials from current lesbian and gay organisations for future historical research.  It will create a template for others who wish to develop digital historical archives.

Discipline Digital Arts and Humanities
Contact person for the project and any related queries: Orla Egan,


Community Partner Cork LGBT Archive Advisory Group

Contact via Orla Egan

Contact details
Date: 2/02/2015

O’Donovan Rossa centenary commemoration

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was a famous Cork Fenian, whose death in June 1915 gave rise to one of the most famous of all Irish political funerals, when he was buried in Glasnevin cemetery on 1 August, with Padraig Pearse delivering his celebrated ‘The fools! The fools! The fools!’ graveside oration.
The School of History, in conjunction with many partners and in both a collective sense and through the activities of individual members of staff, is actively engaged with the commemoration.

Funeral of O'Donovan Rossa

Funeral of O’Donovan Rossa

School   History
Community partner   Many individuals and groups in the West Cork area, including Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann, Conradh na Gaeilge, GAA, theatrical groups
Outline of Community partner activities General cultural, including music, Irish language and culture, sport, theatre
Date:  June 29 – July 30 2015


DUETS brings together UCC research strengths with creative ideas and expertise from organisations or individuals who have a presence in Cork city and/or county. Funded by UCC’s Strategic Research Fund, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences and the Information Services Strategic Fund, the inaugural DUETS workshop was held in November 2013. Subsequently, DUETS funded two collaborative projects. Funding for 2015 announced shortly; an exploratory workshop on the theme of Creativity and Context took place in November 2013.


Discipline English, Music, Drama and Theatre Studies, German, History of Art
Staff members involved Steering Group: Claire Connolly, Fiona Kearney, Mel Mercier, Rachel MagShamhráin

UCC Solidarity with Asylum-Seekers

In recent years, a growing collective of UCC staff and students have been developing connections with people living in Direct Provision locally. Some of these members are affiliated with Anti-Deportation Ireland, which is a national network of activists, asylum seekers, refugees, community workers, trade unionists, and academics who campaign against forced deportation in Ireland, and for the abolition of the Direct Provision system. Since government policy denies asylum seekers the right to education beyond the age of 18, we seek to counter this state-sanctioned exclusion through developing partnerships between asylum seekers, UCC staff and students.

Although these activities have a human rights focus, many are social and are organised for the benefit of asylum-seeking children, most of whom were born in Direct Provision and have spent their entire childhoods there. Some are these are now 9 and 10 years old. This means that social occasions are important in offering brief respite to parents and fun-filled activities for children. For example, last December we organised a Family Fun Day in UCC, which was attended by about 160 people and generously supported, in part, through a fundraising campaign. UCC students from the BSc in International Development and Food Policy and the Societies Guild took lead roles in organising the event. The students organised gifts for each child, created a Santa’s grotto, laid on a magnificent feast, and entertained the children with boundless enthusiasm and energy. Children and families living in Direct Provision have few resources, so this was a particularly heart-warming festive event.

School Various
Discipline Human rights
Staff members involved Various

Mike Fitzgibbon
Jacqui O’Riordan
Eileen Hogan
Karl Kitching
Claire Dorrity
Becci Jeffers
Féilim O’hAdhmaill
Angela O’Connell
Andre Kenneally
Angela Veale

Date: Ongoing