Cork City & County Archives

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The Cork City and County Archives (CCCA) is a shared service and has been equally funded since its inception by each of its parent institutions, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and University College Cork. In 2006, the CCCA moved to a new purpose built centre, the Seamus Murphy Building, 33A Great William O’Brien Street, Cork, that offers the most modern facilities for the preservation and use of archives. This centre was built by Cork City Council.

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© Cork City Council

The involvement of UCC in funding the CCCA reflects the fact that the Archives are a key repository for research by students and staff of the university, and other colleges and schools in the region. The archival collections principally relate to Cork City and County, and they contain unique information and documents relating to innumerable institutions, places, people and events. The Archives preserve over 26,000 boxes of material, which is one of the largest and most important cultural heritage assets held in Cork, or indeed throughout Ireland.

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‘Cork and the Easter Rising’
Talks Relating to Cork and 1916
Saturday 16 April 2016, 11.00 a.m.-3.00 p.m.

Archives 1916-2016 Poster

 

“Moments In Time…”

An Exhibition by Cork City & County Archives of Local Archives from Cork 100 Years Ago

for Cork Heritage Open Day 22 August, and National Heritage Week 24-28 August 2015

Documents from the outstanding local archives collections preserved by  Cork City and County Archives Service

A Moment in Time Exhibition

Brian McGee Chief Archivist with one of 15 CorkDFAS volunteers assisting throughout Cork Heritage Week at the "Moments in Time" exhibition.
Brian McGee Chief Archivist with one of 15 CorkDFAS volunteers assisting throughout Cork Heritage Week at the “Moments in Time” exhibition.

The Exhibition contains a selection of documents and photographs from our local Cork archival collection, documenting and celebrating each ‘Moment in Time’ when a local person or organisation put ink onto paper, to create their unique records of their activities and observations. It is also a tribute to all of those who ensured that the historical record has been preserved and passed down, eventually finding a permanent home in the Cork City and County Archives.

Courtesy Cork City & County Archives
Courtesy Cork City & County Archives

The exhibition contains unique documents and photos from 1915 relating to the First World War, the rise of nationalism and the Irish Volunteer movement, Cork’s industrial and commercial heritage, local government in the City and County, and items related to daily life at that time.

Courtesy Cork City & County Archives
Courtesy Cork City & County Archives

Amongst the over 300 items in the exhibition are:

  • Diaries and letters relating to the death of Jack Bennett of Ballinacurra, killed fighting in France with the Royal Munster Fusiliers in October 1915
  • Medals and other material from Daniel Desmond Sheehan, nationalist MP, who joined the British Army in 1915 and who was to lose two of his sons in the War
  • A rare 1915 photograph of Tomás MacCurtain in Volunteer uniform
  • The diary from Liam De Roiste recording the visit of Commandant Padraig Pearse to the Sheares Street Volunteers in Cork on 23 August 1915, a few weeks after his momentous oration at the graveside of O’Donovan Rossa
  • The blueprint of the City of Cork Steampacket Company ship SS Inniscarra later torpedoed and sunk in 1918
  • The Cork City Council minute book for 1915 recording a Council Resolution against military conscription, 13 August 1915
  • Cork County Council minute book recording special meeting regarding the sinking of the Lusitania, May 1915
  • Depositor declaration forms of Cork Savings Bank from 1915
Courtesy Cork City & County Archives
Courtesy Cork City & County Archives

Photos.  and Images Available on Request

Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool

22 August: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
24-28 August: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

 

Welcome to the Merchant City exhibition
This online exhibition explores the commercial heritage of Cork through its historical archives.  Cork shares a proud heritage with other European cities as a place of enterprise and trade, ‘merchant princes’, markets and elegant shops, craftsmanship and manufacturing, culture and learning.  Over 800 years ago, the citizens of Cork were granted extensive liberties to trade.  This long history of commercial endeavour is documented in many of the surviving records held at Cork City and County Archives, particularly for the 19th century period. Sources found at the Archives include the original minute books of the Cork Committee of Merchants, the shipping ledgers of Corn Merchants and the City of Cork Steampacket Company, and the day to day records of the Cork Butter Market, as well as personal archives and old photographs of people and places in Cork.  Most of these sources are entirely unique, and are preserved and made accessible for research at the new purpose built City and County Archives in Blackpool, on Cork’s northside.  This web site gives an outline of Cork’s commercial history illustrated by images of documents and photographs from collections at the Archives. Download and Install Browsealoud and have the website read to you.

Local History & Heritage Talks at Cork City and County Archives for the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

Date/Time: 23 – 27 March 2015 at 2.30 p.m.

Location:  Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork.

Tom Spalding (Mon 23rd March) ‘Architecture and Buildings in Cork during the Great War Period’.
Gabriel Doherty (Tues 24th March) ‘Cork and the Death of O’Dovovan Rossa in 1915, Newspaper Evidence
Dr. David Butler (Wed 25th March) ‘Freemasonry in Cork City and County: Its Halls, Artefacts and Heritage
Liam Ó hUigín (Thur 26th March ) ‘Illustrated History of Cork
Kieran McCarthy (Fri 27th March) ‘Stories from the Archives, Cork in the 1920s and 1930s

Contact: Brian McGee, Archivist: tel. 021 4505876 email: archivist@corkcity.ie

Irish Volunteers 1913-1918

Wednesday, 4th-20th March: Irish Volunteers 1913-1918‘, from the Irish Defence Forces Military Archives, also with some original archival documents from the Cork Archives collections.
Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool.
4 to 20 March 2015 inclusive, 10 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., Monday to Friday, including lunchtime.
Free admission.

 

© Cork Archives
© Cork Archives

 

 

Welcome to the Merchant City exhibition
This online exhibition explores the commercial heritage of Cork through its historical archives.  Cork shares a proud heritage with other European cities as a place of enterprise and trade, ‘merchant princes’, markets and elegant shops, craftsmanship and manufacturing, culture and learning.  Over 800 years ago, the citizens of Cork were granted extensive liberties to trade.  This long history of commercial endeavour is documented in many of the surviving records held at Cork City and County Archives, particularly for the 19th century period. Sources found at the Archives include the original minute books of the Cork Committee of Merchants, the shipping ledgers of Corn Merchants and the City of Cork Steampacket Company, and the day to day records of the Cork Butter Market, as well as personal archives and old photographs of people and places in Cork.  Most of these sources are entirely unique, and are preserved and made accessible for research at the new purpose built City and County Archives in Blackpool, on Cork’s northside.  This web site gives an outline of Cork’s commercial history illustrated by images of documents and photographs from collections at the Archives. Download and Install Browsealoud and have the website read to you.

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© Cork & County Archives
© Cork & County Archives

 

invitation Northside Christmas

The Northside Exhibition of Christmas photographs will run until the first week of January, when the Chillingworth & Levie Exhibition will resume.

 

Chillingworth & Levie: 20th Century Architecture in Cork Exhibition, at the City & County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 33A Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, from 15th November-4th December; 6th January-2nd March inclusive.

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FREE LUNCHTIME
LECTURE
SERIES
On Cork’s Architectural Heritage
@ 1pm  Crawford Art Gallery Lecture Theatre
21, 28 November 2013; 16, 23, 30 January 2014

November 21st
Tom Spalding
20TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE IN CORK CITY
A review of modern architecture in the city

November 28th
Michael Lenihan
THE BURNING OF PATRICK STREET, COMPENSATION & REBUILDING

January 16th
John McLaughlin
ARCHITECTURE AND THE NEW STATE, PUBLIC ARCHITECTURE IN IRELAND, 1914-2014

January 23rd
Jack Coughlan Associates
CONSERVATION & A NEW FUTURE FOR THE BEAMISH & CRAWFORD BREWERY SITE

January 30th
Dr Kevin Hourihan
THE ORIGINS OF SOCIAL & PHILANTHROPIC
HOUSING IN THE 19TH CENTURY