Cork City & County Archives

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Funded by Cork City Council, Cork County Council & UCC
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About Us

Building Interior Seamus Murphy Building

  • In June 2006, the Archives opened a new purpose built building which was funded as part of the Cork City Council 2005 Capital Programme.
  • The new building is situated in the historic Blackpool village area in the North side of Cork city, less than one mile on foot from the city centre.
  • It is the first stand alone purpose built archives building in Ireland.
  • The building meets the most modern standards for the storage and use of archives and was designed in conjunction with Stephen Sullivan of the Cork City Architect's Department.
  • In September 2007, the new building was named the Seamus Murphy Building (Áras Shéamuis Ó Mhurchú) by Cork City Council, in memory of the centenary of the birth of the Cork sculptor Seamus Murphy R.H.A. (1907-1975), who worked in Blackpool for most of his life.
  • Guided tours of the building are available by appointment.


Features of the new building include:

  • Climate-controlled strongrooms
  • Exhibition/Lecture Space
  • Research Room for up to 12 researchers
  • Facilities for the reception, processing and digitisation of archives

Photographs of Building:

Exterior View 2

Front Exterior, Great William O'Brien Street

Naming Stone

Naming Stone

Reception Area

Reception Area

Reception Windows

Reception Space

Research Room

Reading/Research Room

Research Room Seating and Office

Reading / Research Room

Exhibition/Lecture Space

Exhibition Space

Hallway 1st Floor

Corridor, 1st. floor

Collection Processing Room

Collection Processing Room