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Dúnta na Nollaig agus na h-Áth Bhliain, 2010 / 2011

Beidh an Cartlann Cathrach agus Contae Chorcaí dúnta ó 5.00pm an lá Dé Déardaoin 23 Nollaig 2010 go dtí 9.00am an lá Dé Máirt 4 Éanair 2011

Briain MacAodh,

Closure at Christmas and New Year 2010 / 2011

Cork City and County Archives will be closed from 5.00pm on Thursday 23 December 2010 until 9.00am on Tuesday 4 January 2011.

Brian McGee,

Screening of Documentary 'The Burning of Cork' @ Archives 9 December

Conal Creedon Talk

The screening took place as part of a programme of events to mark the 90th anniversary of the Burning of Cork in co-operation with the City Library. Prior to the screening, Conal Creedon, the director and producer of the documentary, spoke about the making of the programme and events in Cork in 1920.  Donal O'Sullivan of Blackpool Historical Society also spoke about the Delany brothers who were shot dead at their home on Dublin Hill, Blackpool, on the night of the Burning. The Society has also put together a display of items at the Archives in connection with the Delanys.

Programme - Burning of Cork

Denny Lane‘Denny Lane (1818-1895): Renaissance Man ’

A Cork City and County Archives Exhibition 

On Display @  BOOLE LIBRARY, U.C.C .

Dates: Monday 22 February – Saturday 27 March 2010

An exhibition celebrating the life of Denny Lane, and the recent return to Cork of his personal archive.

The exhibition interprets Lane's life and work and 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.

The exhibition illustrates Lane as a ‘renaissance man’, of great and numerous talents and broad education, who received a scholarship to Trinity College and at one time or another was a Barrister,  a Member of the Cork Harbour Board, a politician and member of the Young Ireland movement, a businessman involved in brewing and distilling, and an inventor. He was the Secretary and Resident Engineer of the Cork Gas Company and active in the Schools of Art, Music, and Design, and in the Cork Literary and Scientific Society and the Royal Cork Institution. Lane was one of the first vice-presidents of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society and was very active in promoting and studying Irish music and culture. Lane was well-regarded by his fellow citizens, and was famous for a funeral oration which he gave at the graveside of Joseph Ronayne M.P. for Cork in 1867.

Aside from presenting the best of Lane’s personal archive, which was donated to the Archives in 2005, the exhibition employs photographs and illustrations sourced from the National Gallery of Ireland and other collections, plus heirlooms, photographs, sketches and other materials kindly loaned by Lane’s family.

Denny Lane Launch
Launch of Denny Lane Exhibition at Boole Library, U.C.C (19 Mar 2010)

Lifelong Learning Logo 2010GENEALOGY & THE INTERNET



 TUESDAY 23 MARCH 2010, 11AM (Sharp) - 2PM

At Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, Great William O’Brien St, Blackpool.

Learn all about using the Internet to research your family history. This workshop includes demos, Q&A, and the chance to browse the many sites which have come online in recent years. Suitable for beginners and old hands alike. Limited numbers only: pre-booking strongly advisable.

 This event is free and is part of the 7th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival

Lifelong Learning 2010

Genealogy Talk and Workshop in progress: 23 March 2010

Tomás MacCurtain 90th Anniversary Exhibition

March - April 2010 @ Cork City and County Archives

The first republican Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomás MacCurtain, was shot dead in his home at Thomas Davis Street, Blackpool, Cork on 20 March 1920 during the War of Independence. In order to mark the 90th anniversary of this event, Blackpool Historical Society are exhibiting items relating to MacCurtain from their collection at the City and County Archives, Great William O’Brien Street from Friday 19th March. Items from the Archives collection will also be on display including a manuscript of a poem written by MacCurtain in 1918, ‘Eachtra Carraig Cliodhna’, a City Council minute book from 1920, and a manuscript letter written by MacCurtain on the eve of his assassination.

Tomás MacCurtain Poster

Presentation to Ruth Flanagan Marking Over 30 Years Service to the Archives

Ruth Flanangan Presentation
Presentation to Ruth Flanagan 18 May 2010. (R-L) John Fitzgerald UCC Librarian,
Ruth Flanagan County Librarian, Liam Ronayne City Librarian, Brian McGee Archivist 

On 18 May a presentation was made to Ruth Flanagan, Cork County Librarian, to mark her recent retirement. Ms. Flanagan was a member of our Archives Executive Committee for over 30 years and in that time she made a huge contribution to the development of the Archives from its very humble beginnings, to the well-equipped service of 2010. We have been greatly privileged, both personally and professionally, to have had such an experienced and able librarian involved in overseeing the Archives over such a long period.


Aloys Fleischmann Centenary

Exhibition: Aloys Fleischmann: University, City, International Connections

 @ Cork City & County Archives, Great William O’Brien Street (Tel. 021-4505876)

For the Month of June 2010. Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (not including public holidays).

2010 marks the centenary of the birth of Professor Aloys Fleischmann, Professor of Music at University College Cork 1934 – 1980. There are numerous events taking place during the year to celebrate the centenary with 90 organisations participating in concerts, recitals, seminars, exhibitions, dance performances, public lectures conferences and special tributes taking place in Ireland, England, Germany, America and China throughout the year.

Aloys Fleischmann was an Irish composer, conductor, scholar, educator, organiser, campaigner of national and international standing. He had a long association with University College Cork and developed the music department over his forty six tenure as Professor of Music.

Aloys Fleischmann Exhibition Panel

The themes running through the exhibition focus on

  • Fleischmann’s dedication to teaching and developing the music department in UCC
  • his deep interest in the Gaelic heritage
  • his fostering of national and international connections through the establishment of the International Cork Choral Festival and especially the introduction in the 1960s of the Seminar on Contemporary Choral Music

 Curated by the University Archives, UCC.

Celebrating Cork's Past Grand Exhibition

With the support of Cork City Council, various local history groups in Cork are planning a one day exhibition at City Hall, in September 2010, show-casing the history and heritage of the city and county.

The exhibition will also include input from a number of institutions, including Cork City and County Archives, Cork City Library, and U.C.C.

Exhibition Location:  Cork City Hall, 30 Sept 2010
Times: 11am to 7pm
Admission: Free


Celebrating Cork's Past Poster 2010

Exhibition is followed on Friday 1st October with the

Lord Mayor of Cork Heritage Concert 2010


Donoughmore and All Around

The launch of Donoughmore and all Around   takes place in the Community Centre, Stuake, Donoughmore on Friday Sept. 24th at 8 p.m. It will be preceded by a memorial mass at 7.30.p.m. in St. Lachteens Church, also in the village of Stuake. All welcome. Donoughmore is 15 miles from Cork, accessed by the R579 Cork to Banteer road, or by taking the signposted right turn on leaving Blarney as you head towards Tower. Donoughmore and All Around  trawls through 300 years of burials in Donoughmore, highlighting the political, economic, social and cultural life of a rural based community encompossing many neighbouring parishes such as  Aghabullogue, Aghinagh, Blarney ,Glantane, Grenagh, and Inniscarra. Further details from Gerard O’ Rourke , Tel-  021 / 7337368,  e-mail
Donoughmore Book 2010

Culture Night 2010 @ the Cork City and County Archives

Culture Night Balloon

The Archives opened its doors for Culture Night 2010 on Friday 24th September. Guided tours were given behind the scenes at the Archives and deputy archivist Timmy O'Connor was on hand to provide advice on researching family history and genealogy.

An enjoyable night was had by all!!

Culture Night - Family History Talks

Hurley Family Emigrant Letters – Reception for Mrs Eileen O’Donovan and Family

Eileen O'Donovan

A special reception was held on 29 September at the Archives to mark the donation a number of years ago of a very important collection of letters by Mrs. Eileen O’Donovan and family of Castlefreke, Clonakilty.

The collection consists of over 120 letters home to Cork from Irish emigrants Michael and Denis Hurley in the United States over a period of 77 years from 1871 to 1938. Brothers Denis and Michael were from a farming family near Clonakilty, County Cork and they emigrated to Nevada in the United States in the 1870s. The collection is a very important and unique historical source for understanding Irish emigration and the Irish emigrant experience in America.

Professor Bryan Lamkin of Asuza Pacific University, California, who has extensively studied the Hurley collection, and who is writing a study of Irish emigration to the Western United States, gave a fascinating talk at the reception about his work on the collection, and in particular the life of Denis Hurley, who eventually became the Mayor of Carson City, Nevada, a City which was at the heart of the American ‘Wild West’. Professor Lamkin revealed that he is planning to undertake a biography of Mr. Hurley, who was a trainee teacher prior to emigrating, and who later worked for the Virginia and Truckee Railway for many years. Highly literate, Denis made many observations in his letters on events local, national and international.

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Michael O’Connell and the Mayor of County Cork Cllr. Jim Daly were in attendance on the night to welcome Eileen and family to the Cork City and County Archives and to present to them copies of the new descriptive list of the collection which was compiled by the Archives staff. Both County and City Mayors, and the head Archivist Brian McGee, paid special thanks to Eileen and her family for donating such an important and interesting collection to the local archives service, where it will be properly preserved and made available for further research and public exhibition.  

Eileen’s son Donal also gave a warm welcome to all present and spoke of his family’s own experience of having such interesting and well-documented ancestors.

Hurley Letters Group


Bryan Lamkin

90th Anniversary Exhibition and Events 

90th Anniversary Exhibition Logo

Formerly on show at the Millenium Hall, City Hall from 8 – 12 November as part of a wider civic commemoration.

Now on display @ Archives, Blackpool, until March 2011. (Free Admission). See Access

See also: Screening of 'The Burning of Cork' documentary @ Archives, 9 December, at 7pm, with talk by the director, Conal Creedon.

The exhibition examines the life and times of Cork’s two Lord Mayors and others who ultimately gave their lives  as part of the struggle for national independence, and it also illustrates the appalling devastation during the Burning of Cork on the night of 11 – 12 December, as well as the efforts of citizens to rebuild the city thereafter.

Also on display are many photographs and original documents from the Archives collection and other collections, such as one of the final letters written by MacCurtain on the night before his death, the resolution by Cork City Council declaring allegiance to Dáil Éireann, and the text of a speech by Terence MacSwiney when he was accepting the position of Lord Mayor. A number of artefacts are also on display such as Tomás MacCurtain’s fáinne, tara brooch and pipes. Films by Scoil Oilibhéir dramatising the lives and times of Lord Mayors MacCurtain and MacSwiney are also on display.

The exhibition is part of the wider commemoration of the events of 1920 taking place in November and December, including;

  • The display of the original 1920 City Council minute book at a special meeting of Cork City Council on 8 November, and readings from the minute book by the Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael O’Connell
  • Talks on aspects of Cork’s struggle in 1920, by Gerry White, John Borgonovo, and Pat Poland at the Millenium Hall on 11 and 12 November
  • An exhibition and publication by Cork City Library concerning the destruction of the Carnegie Library in 1920 and its eventual reconstruction
  • Events to mark the week of the burning of Cork including the a screening of the RTE ‘Burning of Cork’ documentary at the Archives on 9 December preceeded by a talk by the director and producer Conal Creedon, as well as talks in the City Library and a civic gathering on Saturday 11 December.