Cork City & County Archives

Cork City CouncilCork County CouncilUniversity College Cork
Funded by Cork City Council, Cork County Council & UCC
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Archive building?

The Seamus Murphy Building is located at 32 Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, in the north side of Cork City. The new building is a 15-20 minute walk from Cork city centre. Christchurch, South Main Street, is no longer in use by the Archives.

How do I get access as a researcher?

Our Research Room is open by appointment to researchers who have registered as a Reader in advance. It is necessary to submit a Reader Application Form to the Archives well in advance of undertaking research. Adequate personal identification and proof of address and proof of research purpose are required. The Research Room is governed by Access Rules and Conditions.

See:  Access.

What are our opening hours?

Research Room: By application and appointment

General Office: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm (Closed 1-2pm)


Is car parking available at the Archives?

The Archives is unable to provide customer parking however local on-street parking is available (2 hour disk parking). Parking disks are available from newsagents and Cork City Council have a park by phone/text service. Blackpool shopping centre and retail park are a 10 minute walk from the building. In Cork city centre there are a number of multi-storey car parks, see

Are the Archives on the internet?

Some online documents are available in our online Digital Archive and in our online exhibitions. While our website contains detailed information about our collections, most documents need to be consulted in person in our Research Room. 

Do we provide a genealogical/family history research/advisory service?

We provide a limited research service covering certain types of records such as cemetery records, provided some specific information such as names, dates, or addresses are known. There is no charge for this service. We also provide advice about any records held here that may be relevant to a query. Those researching their family history and genealogy are welcome to apply to access specific records in our Research Room and to consult with the Archivist on duty.

Is it possible to get copies of documents?

A reprographics service is available. Certain documents/collections may not be copied. There is currently a charge of 1 Euro per page for photocopies. Cameras are allowed with the permission of the Archivist on duty.

Can I use a laptop/tablet computer in the research room?

Yes. Most seats in the research room have a power supply available.

Can I bring my camera into the research room?

The use of a camera is permitted in the research room with the prior permission of the Archivist on duty to copy limited sets of records for the purpose of private research and study.

Do we cater for groups?

Group visits may be arranged by appointment with the Chief Archivist. The maximum number of people in a group for such visits is 20.

Is internet access available?

WIFI is available. Researcher internet access is also provided at a PC in our research room. Users must abide by the Archives' Policy on Public Internet Use.

Do we provide guidance on the care of archives and records?

We provide advice to local government offices on the care and management of their records and archives. We also encourage local citizens and organisations to ensure the future preservation of, and public access to, archives by depositing/donating them in/to the Archives.

How long is CCCA in existence?

The CCCA, formerly Cork Archives Institute, was established in 1971 by Cork County Council, Cork City Council and University College Cork. We were the first local authority archives service established in Ireland.

What are the oldest records held?

The oldest original documents currently held are legal property deeds, from the 15th century, relating to property owned in Cork city and also in the town of Youghal, county Cork. The majority of our holdings date within the period 1700-1980.