Donegal | Leo Corduff

Birth date
1929
Date of death
21 November 1992
Birth place
Rosdoagh, Co. Mayo
Occupation
  • Folklore collector
Links
  1. Ainm
  2. VIAF
About

Leo grew up in Rossport, Erris, county Mayo and began work with the Irish Folklore Commission as a microfilm operator in 1950 at the age of twenty-one. In 1952 Leo assumed responsibility for the work of the Irish Folklore Commission’s mobile recording unit, taking over from Kevin Danaher. This work required a good deal of technical expertise, as well as an ability to maintain a relaxed bearing while operating in challenging circumstances.

Through diligent work and a cheerful demeanour, Leo overcame all the challenges of fieldwork, adding considerably to the quantity of audio materials preserved today at the archives of the National Folklore Collection. His work brought him all over Ireland, recording several performers before moving to another district. This could include intensive recording of a particular individual on location, such as his work recording the repertoire of singer Róise Ní Ghrianna, Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal. In 1982, some years before his retirement, Leo accompanied Séamas Ó Catháin to the USA to record Irish emigrants in Holyoke and other districts of Massachusetts.

In addition to his responsibilities as an audio technician and collector, Leo took over one thousand photographs in the course of his career, the film negatives of which are preserved today in the archives of the National Folklore Collection. His carefully composed images capture the world of the folklore collector, while his warm, personable temperament is reflected in the sense of compassion and humanity accorded his subjects.

Read more about Leo Corduff in this leaflet.

Result count: 21
  1.  Settlement: villages

    A010.29.00087

    1953

    Settlement: villages

    Aran Island; Arranmore, Co. Donegal

  2.  Settlement: villages

    A010.29.00088

    1953

    Settlement: villages

    Aran Island; Arranmore, Co. Donegal

  3.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00060

    1953

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Aran Island; Arranmore, Co. Donegal

  4.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00061

    1953

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Aran Island; Arranmore, Co. Donegal

  5.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00062

    1953

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Aran Island; Arranmore, Co. Donegal

  6.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00063

    1953

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Aran Island; Arranmore, Co. Donegal

  7.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00073

    1953

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Aran Island; Arranmore, Co. Donegal

  8.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00074

    1953

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Aran Island; Arranmore, Co. Donegal

  9.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00095

    1961

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Rinnafarset; Rannafast, Co. Donegal

  10.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00152

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Sallows, Co. Donegal

  11.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00153

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Sallows, Co. Donegal

  12.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00163

    1961

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Carrick, Co. Donegal

  13.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00164

    1961

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Carrick, Co. Donegal

  14.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00165

    1961

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Carrick, Co. Donegal

  15.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00182

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Lettertreane, Co. Donegal

  16.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00183

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Sallows, Co. Donegal

  17.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.29.00184

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Sallows, Co. Donegal