Waterford | 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: 26
  1.  Settlement: landscape

    A001.22.00029

    1955

    Settlement: landscape

    Roberts Cross Roads, Co. Waterford

  2.  Settlement: landscape

    A001.22.00030

    1955

    Settlement: landscape

    Roberts Cross Roads, Co. Waterford

  3.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.22.00001

    1955

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Ballynagaul More, Co. Waterford

  4.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.22.00002

    1955

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Roberts Cross Roads, Co. Waterford

  5.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.22.00003

    1955

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Roberts Cross Roads, Co. Waterford

  6.  Settlement: the dwelling-house

    A015.22.00037

    1955

    Settlement: the dwelling-house

    Ringville, Co. Waterford

  7.  Settlement: roofs / thatching

    A024.22.00049

    1955

    Settlement: roofs / thatching

    Nire Valley; The Nire, Co. Waterford

  8.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00001

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Ringville, Co. Waterford

  9.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00002

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Co. Waterford

  10.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00003

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Co. Waterford

  11.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00004

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Ringville, Co. Waterford

  12.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00005

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Co. Waterford

  13.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00021

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Ringville, Co. Waterford

  14.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00023

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Ringville, Co. Waterford

  15.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00032

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Ringville, Co. Waterford

  16.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00033

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Co. Waterford

  17.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00037

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Barranastook, Co. Waterford

  18.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    M001.22.00052

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Munster)

    Ringville, Co. Waterford