Cork City & County Archives

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Exhibitions and Resources

The Archives has an active programme of Outreach activities including publications, exhibitions, talks and online content.

'Voice of the Many' Book - A resource for teaching and learning about Cork's History through local archives collections.

Voice of the Many book cover

Our book 'Voice of the Many: Local Archives from Cork 1914-1916', is a major publication created and funded by the Archives, and printed with funding from the Cork City Council 1916 Centenary commemorative programme.

The book contains a selection of documents from CCCA collections with some contextual and explanatory information, under some main themes, such as:

  • Establishment of the Irish Volunteers in Cork
  • First World War
  • Daily life in Cork City and County
  • Split in the Volunteers
  • Easter Rising
  • Reactions to Easter Rising and Executions
  • Internment of Volunteers
  • Home Rule and Partition.

The book features documents and records from our local democratic institutions, such as those of Cork City Council, Cork County Council, and older local authorities such as the Poor Law Union Boards of Guardians, Rural District Councils, and Town Councils. Personal archives also feature strongly, such as those of Liam de Róiste TD, Lieutenant Seamus Fitzgerald, Commanders Terence MacSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain, and Captain Riobárd Langford all of the Irish Volunteers, Mollie Cunningham of the Macroom Cumann na mBan, and also D.D. Sheehan MP and Jack Bennett of the Royal Munster Fusiliers.

The title of the book, Voice of the Many, is inspired by the variety of people and organisations that contributed to, or created, the archival documents featured. Often the contributors or authors are elected officials acting in their role of being the democratic voice for their constituents and citizens, or they are the cultural, political and military leaders of a resurgent Irish nation. 

The book is available in hardback and paperback from the Archives and from a number of local book shops.

(Below) Document 1 from Voice of the Many. Riobárd Langford's account of the inaugural meeting of the Irish Volunteers in Cork, December 1913.

Voice of the Many Document 1