Mayo | 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: 86
  1.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00240

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Rossport, Co. Mayo

  2.  Communication and Trade: skin boats (currachs)

    C021.03.00002

    1955

    Communication and Trade: skin boats (currachs)

    Portacloy, Co. Mayo

  3.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00241

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Rossport, Co. Mayo

  4.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00242

    1955

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Rossport, Co. Mayo

  5.  Communication and Trade: skin boats (currachs)

    C021.03.00003

    1955

    Communication and Trade: skin boats (currachs)

    Portacloy, Co. Mayo

  6.  Communication and Trade: skin boats (currachs)

    C021.03.00004

    1955

    Communication and Trade: skin boats (currachs)

    Portacloy, Co. Mayo

  7.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00437

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Doogort; Dugort, Co. Mayo

  8.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00439

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Bunnacurry, Co. Mayo

  9.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00440

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Bunnacurry, Co. Mayo

  10.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00442

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Knocknamona, Co. Mayo

  11.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00443

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Knocknamona, Co. Mayo

  12.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00450

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Breanaskil, Co. Mayo

  13.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00452

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Dookinelly (Calvy), Co. Mayo

  14.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00453

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Dookinelly (Calvy), Co. Mayo

  15.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00455

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Keel, Co. Mayo

  16.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00457

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Breanaskil, Co. Mayo

  17.  Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    M003.03.00459

    1956

    Folklore Collecting: informants (Connaught)

    Breanaskil, Co. Mayo