Landscapes of Memory


Landscapes of Memory


Interview collection exploring the people's connection to the River Lee.
The collection is comprised of four audio interviews totalling 397 minutes.


In 2017 CFP Project Manager Tomás Mac Conmara secured funding to undertake a collaborative oral history project with the University of Massachusetts Lowell and CFP, relating to the sustainability of rivers, specifically the Merrimack River in Lowell and the River Lee in Cork. The aim of the CFP part of the project was to capture stories, experiences, impressions and opinions from a variety of people relating to the River Lee. Many of the interviews focused on how individuals used and interacted with the river, particularly for leisure. There was also discussion of the industry, fishing, wildlife, history, place names, pastimes, slang, childhood memories as well as hopes and aspirations for the future of the Lee.

Kieran Murphy conducted the four interviews for this collection.




Cork; The River Lee;


Cork Folklore Project Audio Archive


Cork Folklore Project. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.






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Collection Items

Liam Ó hUigín: The River Lee
Liam speaks of being born in Henry Street and that the River Lee flowed through his parish. He remembers learning how to swim just outside where the Mercy Hospital is. He says when they were a bit older they would go swimming a bit further away using…

Tom Spalding: River Lee
Tom is the author of several books on design history relating to Cork City such as “Cork City: A Field Guide To Its Street Furniture and “Layers”.

Tom speaks about how he was born in England and came to live in Cork aged seven when his father got…

Pádraig Ó Duinnín: River Lee
Pádraig is one of the founders of Meitheal Mara and the Ocean to City race

Pádraig says he grew up in Coolcower, Macroom on a peninsula between the rivers lee and Sullane. He says it had a formative influence on his life. His father was a bus…

Daniel Tanner: River Lee
Daniel grew up in Carragaline. He went to college and studied Physics first in Trinity and then in UCC because he missed Cork. He says he is now a post doctoral researcher in the Mardyke. He talks about how knowledge contained in folklore is superior…
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