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News Archive 2005

National Archives Advisory Council Greeted by Lord Mayor and City Manager at City Hall on 24th October 2005.

Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune and City Manager Joe Gavin greeted the National Archives Advisory Council at the Lord Mayor's Chamber on Monday 24 October 2005. The Council were in Cork to hold their monthly meeting at the Council Chamber at City Hall to mark Cork's year as European Capital of Culture. Following their meeting, the Council visited the new purpose built Archives building at Blackpool, which is nearing completion.

The members of the Advisory Council include the Chairman, His Honour Judge Bryan McMahon, Dr. John Bowman, Kathleen Browne, Dr. Maurice Bric, Joan Johnson, Christopher O'Connell, Máire MacConghail, Professor Eunan O'Halpin, Carol Quinn, Dr. Raymond Refaussé, Professor Mary E. Daly and John Wilson.

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The Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Clune, with the Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Council, His Honour Judge Bryan MacMahon and Frances McGee, Senior Archivist at the National Archives, Liam Ronayne City Librarian, Carol Quinn, U.C.C., Dr. Ray Refaussé of the Church of Ireland Library, Pat Corcoran of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism, Maire MacConghail, Kathleen Browne, Kerry County Librarian, Dr.David V. Craig, Director of the National Archives, and Brian McGee, Archivist.

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Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Council, His Honour Judge Bryan MacMahon presents the Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune and Joe Gavin, City Manager, with copies of 'Irish Governments and the Guardianship of Historical Records, 1922-72', by Gerard O'Brien.

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Chairman of the National Archives Advisory Council, His Honour Judge Bryan MacMahon and Brian McGee, Archivist, view original cheques signed by Terence MacSwiney in the Lord Mayor's Chamber.

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The National Archives Advisory Council prior to their meeting at the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 24 October 2005.

Denny Lane (1818 - 1895) Renaissance Man : Exhibition

Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune launched the exhibition 'Denny Lane (1818 - 1895) : Renaissance Man' at Cork Archives Institute on Friday 23rd September. The exhibition celebrates the life of Denny Lane, and the recent return to Cork of his personal archive.

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Denny Lane's family at the Cork Archives Institute at the launch of the Exhibition on 23 September 2005

The exhibition is open to the public at Cork Archives Institute, Christ Church, South Main Street, Cork from Saturday 24 September 2005 to Friday 23 December 2005, Monday - Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. (Group visits may be arranged by appointment).

The exhibition includes original and facsimile manuscripts from the personal archive of one of Cork's most interesting historical figures. Denny Lane (1818 - 1895) was an eminent Corkman, scholar, businessman, politician and is perhaps best known in Cork for his ballad 'Carrigdhoun', which appeared in the Nation newspaper in 1845.

Aside from presenting the best of Lane's personal archive, the exhibition employs photographs and illustrations sourced from the National Gallery of Ireland and Cork City Library.

At the launch on 23 September, the Lord Mayor presented bound copies of the Descriptive List of the Denny Lane Papers to Lane's great granddaughters, Claire Heald and Anne Roche, who have ensured that these papers have been brought back to Cork for its year as Capital of Culture 2005.

The exhibition is also a way of saying 'goodbye' to Christ Church on South Main Street, which has served the Archives well for over 20 years, as this year sees us moving to a new purpose built facility in Blackpool, funded by the Cork City Council Capital Programme 2005.

Location: Cork Archives Institute, Christ Church, South Main Street, Cork.

Times: Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. from 24 September 2005 to 23 December 2005. All welcome. Group visits arranged by appointment with Brian McGee, Archivist, Tel: 021 427 7809.

New for genealogists and local historians

Now available on this website are the full alphabetical listings from  Aldwell's Cork Post Office Directory 1845 covering all of Cork City. The lists are provided in searchable PDF format, and are arranged by Name, by Street and by Profession.

July 2005

Newly catalogued collections of archives available for research include personal papers of Sophie O'Brien (wife of William O'Brien M.P.) and the papers of T.J. Clanchy, butter merchant. Also updates of information on 9 more collections. See holdings.

May 2005

The Electricity Supply Board has marked Cork 2005 by depositing archives detailing the electricity connection of Cork City premises in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Shanghai Municipal Archives mounted a fascinating photographic exhibition 'Charms of Shanghai' in May 2005, to mark the twinning between Shanghai and Cork City.

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New Cork Archives building in Blackpool taking shape

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Drawings of new building

April 2005

Shanghai Municipal Archives

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Visit of advance delegation from Shanghai Municipal Archives, 4 April 2005. With Brian McGee, Archivist at City Hall.

March 2005

The new archives building in historic Blackpool, Cork, is currently under construction. It is hoped to have the project finished in 2005. The building will feature exhibition and research facilities and modern strong rooms.

February 2005

The descriptive list of the Denny Lane Papers has been completed. An exhibition on same is planned for later in the year. Watch this space.

Denny Lane Papers
Present at the Archives Institute, South Main Street, for the deposit of the Denny Lane Papers on 27 May 2003. (L - R) John FitzGerald, Librarian, U.C.C., Hannah O'Sullivan, City Librarian, Tony Brauders, C.E.O. of Recreation, Amenity and Culture, Cork City Council, Anne Roche and Clare Heald, Great-Grand Daughters of Denny Lane, Tim Cadogan, County Local Studies Librarian, Brian McGee, Archivist, Cork Archives Institute, and Ruth Flanagan, County Librarian.

You can help your local archives service

The Archives Institute is delighted to hear from those with information about any archives, including family material, which are relevant to the history of Cork City or County.

Contact the Archivist at Tel. 021 4277 809, Fax 021 4274 668 or email