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.


Wednesday, 29 April 2009


The third and final programme on the Folk Club presented by Melanie O'Reilly is broadcast tomorrow (Thursday 30th April) at 9.00pm on RTE Radio 1.
This programme will feature tracks from The Chieftains, Al O'Donnell, Horslips, Johnny Norris, Louis Stewart, Brendan Kennelly, Sonny Condell, Jim McCann, Supply, Demand & Curve, Kulivant Sedhev and Ronnie Drew. Not a bad line-up!

The previous two programmes can still be heard on the RTE web site at:


  1. Kilian Skay of the Kilian Skay Jazz Trio (Kilian on piano, Dave Fleming on Double Bass and John Philip Murray on Drums - all from Mount Merrion) who played at the Club, is my better half, and we have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the series of programmes. I (Deirdre Byrne) used to go to the Club with friends from school (Sandymount High School) who performed Blood Sweat and Tears type blues at the Club - Padriag O'Riain and Eamon - if you're out there get blogging. Kilian and I never met at the Club but we have since made friends who were involved in the Club (such as Philip Mahony) and we all have fond memories of it. Looking forward to the concert - maybe the Kilian Skay Trio (who are still great friends) should regroup for it? How about it Dave, John and Kilian?

  2. Hi Deirdre,
    Thanks for getting in touch and pleased to hear you enjoyed the programmes. I remember the Kilian Skay Trio well. I think we were both having lessons from Tony Drennan at the same time. Kilian obviously had talent, I was a lost cause but enjoyed listening to Tony play during my lessons. I'd be very interested to have the chance to chat to you both at some point and hear more about your memories of the club. I'd also like to catch up Philip Mahony if you have a contact for him.
    Maybe you could email me on jeremy.kearney40@gmail .com