Watch Our Films

You can watch several complete films produced by Cork Folklore Project, as well as trailers from DVDs that we have for sale:

“If the Walls Could Talk – Stories of Cork’s Heritage” explores the role of some of Cork’s most historic buildings and documents changes in use over time and the influence of this built heritage on the lives of the community. The 85-minute DVD was commissioned by Cork City Council Heritage Officer Niamh Twomey as part of Cork Heritage Open Day, which won the award for Best Interactive Event for Heritage Week from The Heritage Council. Here you can watch Chapter 2 as a taster.

“If the Stones Could Speak” (2015) is the second film in a series, produced by the Cork Folklore Project, featuring buildings of heritage significance that have participated in Cork Heritage Open Day. This film by Mark Wilkins continues to explore the relationship between some of Cork’s most historic buildings and the people who use them. The first film, If the Walls Could Talk, was produced in 2013. Commissioned by Cork City Heritage Officer Niamh Twomey, these films were funded by Cork City Council and the Heritage Council as part of Heritage Week celebrations. Interviews conducted for use in these films are from The Cork Folklore Project’s Built Heritage Collection.

“The Counting House: Beamish Brewery in the ’60s & ’70s” is a 10 minute audio visual documentary about the experience of working at the Beamish and Crawford Brewery in the 1960s and 70s, using rare images of the brewery taken by the late photojournalist Roy Hammond,which were kindly donated to us by his family.

“I Went Down To The North Infirmary” is a half-hour documentary that retraces the history and collective memories surrounding the iconic building which now operates as a hotel. Using archive photographs, video footage and interviews with former employees, patients and those strongly connected with the hospital, the film tells the story of the once vibrant hospital with humour and poignancy. Here is a three minute taster sample to watch.

“A Night At Bingo” was released in 2001 in co-operation with Frameworks Films, a local production company established by Emma Bowell and Eddie Noonan. It Breda Barry narrates the film, which was developed from her original concept, and it won a Certificate of Merit at the 22nd Cork Youth International Video/Art/Film Festival.

“Blackpool: Old Heart, New Face” is part of “Corklore”, a series of three documentaries produced for broadcast on Cork Community Television. The films explore three different areas of Cork – Bishopstown, Blackpool and Mahon – and ask how each of these areas has changed in recent years. Through personal recollections from local people and recent and archive footage, the story of each of these unique places emerges. Here is a short 3 minute excerpt.

“Sunbeam” is part of “Cork Widescreen – 12 Short Films”, a compliation produced by Frameworks Films in collaboration with Cork Communities. Former workers of the Sunbeam Wolsey Factory explain what part the Sunbeam played in their lives and why the closure in the 1990s and the dramatic fire had such an impact on the local community. Here is a short 3 minute excerpt.

“Midsummer Night’s Theme Parts 1 and 2” are audio/visual slideshows depicting street scenes in Cork City photographed by Gráinne Mcgee and set to original music by Mark Wilkins (electric guitar/sitar) and Trevor Kiely (drums/gong).