Monaghan | 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: 23
  1.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.31.00006

    1965

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

  2.  Settlement: gates and gaps

    A043.31.00001

    1965

    Settlement: gates and gaps

    Cornecassa Demesne, Co. Monaghan

  3.  Settlement: gates and gaps

    A043.31.00002

    1965

    Settlement: gates and gaps

    Cornecassa Demesne, Co. Monaghan

  4.  Settlement: gates and gaps

    A043.31.00003

    1965

    Settlement: gates and gaps

    Cornecassa Demesne, Co. Monaghan

  5.  Settlement: gates and gaps

    A043.31.00004

    1965

    Settlement: gates and gaps

    Cornecassa Demesne, Co. Monaghan

  6.  Livelihood and Housekeeping: dairy products

    B105.31.00002

    1965

    Livelihood and Housekeeping: dairy products

    Cornecassa Demesne, Co. Monaghan

  7.  Livelihood and Housekeeping: dairy products

    B105.31.00003

    1965

    Livelihood and Housekeeping: dairy products

    Cornecassa Demesne, Co. Monaghan

  8.  Communication and Trade: carts

    C006.31.00001

    1965

    Communication and Trade: carts

    Scotstown, Co. Monaghan

  9.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.31.00001

    1965

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Scotstown, Co. Monaghan

  10.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.31.00002

    1965

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Scotstown, Co. Monaghan

  11.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.31.00005

    1965

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Cornecassa Demesne, Co. Monaghan

  12.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.31.00006

    1965

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Cornecassa Demesne, Co. Monaghan

  13.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.31.00007

    1965

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Lisdoonan, Co. Monaghan

  14.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.31.00008

    1965

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Lisdoonan, Co. Monaghan

  15.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.31.00009

    1965

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Lisdoonan, Co. Monaghan

  16.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    M004.31.00010

    1965

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Ulster)

    Tedavnet, Co. Monaghan