Cornelscourt Parish Hall

Cornelscourt Parish Hall
The Location of Foxrock Folk Club


As Luke Kelly remarked when he played the club in December 1972, a folk club in the suburb of Foxrock was a somewhat unlikely combination. Probably even more unlikely was the fact it was organised and run by teenagers and managed to attract to Foxrock some of the biggest names on the Irish music scene (see Folk Club History & "Local and Visiting Artists").

The aim of the Foxrock Folk Club Project is to (1) research the history of the club (2) develop a club archive and (3) create a space in which people who played at the club or attended some of the sessions can share their memories of what was an unique musical and cultural experience.


Monday, 30 March 2009

RTE Radio Documentary Dates Confirmed

The dates for the three-part folk club documentary on RTE Radio 1 and presented by Melanie O'Reilly, are now confirmed as:
Thursday 16th April / Thursday 23rd April / Thursday 30th April at 9.03pm.
Suitably enough, the actual date of the 4oth Anniversary of the first session of the club (27th April 1969) falls during these programmes.


  1. Developing and compiling this radio documentary on the Foxrock Folk Club with producer Aidan Butler in RTE Radio 1 has been an incredible journey back to those magical Sunday nights in Cornelscourt when I was in my early teens. One of the nights among my cherished memories is when The Chieftains and Louis Stewart Trio were performing on the same night and got together to "jam" at the end of the last set. The hall was packed, stuffed with bodies. Hot, sweaty, people "hanging out of the rafters", so to speak. Does anyone else remember that night?
    Never before had I heard jazz and Irish music fused together. So exciting! That was the moment which sowed the seed for me, when I thought "that would be great to try some day". And now I am making a career out of it! THANK YOU TO ALL the co-op and to ALL THOSE who made the Foxrock Folk Club happen, and to the artists who still inspire.

  2. Jer/Melanie,
    Great show tonight, felt like you were right back in the heart of it. The recordings are very intimate and certainly demonstrate that the performers felt very comfortable with the venue and the feedback they were getting.
    Sadly, I don't remember that great jam, Melanie, I wasn't allowed to stay out as late as you. I seem to recall being on a curfew and having to come home at the break which I guess meant always missing the best bits!
    I do remember a great version of 'Sunny'one night, is that on the tapes?
    Looking forward to progs 2&3 and June of course.
    Well done all for putting this together.

  3. Hey John,
    Delighted that you heard the first of the radio programmes and thanks for the feedback! And I actually remember you had to go home at the break!
    Sadly, we don't have "Sunny" on the tapes, or at least not on the ones that have survived intact. Do you remember who performed it by any chance?

  4. Heelan brothers, Mike and Niall maybe...?