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Chillingworth & Levie : 20th Century Architecture in Cork   

Exhibition and Lecture Series

Exhibition curated by Louise Harrington and supported by the Government Programme on Architecture, opens at Cork Archives on 14 November and runs until 4 December 2013 and also 6 January until 2 March 2014 inclusive. (Note: the Exhibition is closed from 5 December to 3 January inclusive)

FREE LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES at Crawford Art Gallery Lecture Theatre -  November 2013/January 2014 @ 1pm

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Exhibition for Rebel Week: ‘For Liberty' Cork’s Rebel Lords Mayor 1920-1922

Exhibition extended to FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER


Launch of Rebel Week Exhibition 15 Oct 2013

Launch of Rebel Week Exhibition 15 Oct 2013. (L-R) Gabriel Doherty, Lecturer, School of History, UCC; Mayor of County Cork Cllr. Noel O'Connor; Shiela Morrison, of Seattle, USA, grand-niece of Tomás MacCurtain; Lord Mayor Cllr. Catherine Clancy; Fionnuala MacCurtain, grand-daugther of Tomás MacCurtain; Brian McGee, chief Archivist.


Former Lord Mayors, Rebel Week 2013

Former Lord Mayors Joe O'Callaghan, Dan Wallace and Donal Counihan, at the launch of the exhibition



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For Liberty Exhibition

 ‌The story of the 3 first ‘rebel’ Lords Mayor of Cork City, Tomás MacCurtain, Terence MacSwiney and Donal O’Ceallacháin, who lead the City during the War of Independence and its aftermath in 1920 -1922. It features fascinating and unique original documents and memorabilia from the period, from the Cork Archives’ collections and also from private collections.

The exhibition reflects that fact that MacCurtain and MacSwiney were military as well as civic leaders and that they also left behind significant contributions to local and national culture, for example, Tomás through his work with the Gaelic League in Blackpool, and Terence through his literary publications, such as the poem ‘Music of Freedom’ in 1907 and the ‘Battle Cries’ collection in 1918, both of which are on display for the exhibition. Lord Mayor Donal Ó Ceallachain, elected following the death of MacSwiney, was also a cultural ambassador in his work with the Irish language.

Location: Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 33A Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork

Rebel Week Exhibition Dates: EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER‌

National Heritage Week: Power and Privilege Exhibition

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Power and Privilege Launch, 12 July 2013 

For National Heritage Week 19 - 23 August, the Archives is showing our ‘Power and Privilege’ exhibition of potographs and other material relating to Big House life in Ireland, from 1858 - 1922. The exhibition was launched by Lord Mayor Cllr Catherine Clancy in July . Based on superb prints from National Library of Ireland collections, showing houses, work, and leisure on Ireland’s large estates, from the dawn of photography to the twilight of Big House life, the exhibition also features items from Cork Archives collections illustrating Big House life in Co Cork. The exhibition runs daily, Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 1pm, 2:15pm to 5:30pm (last entry 5pm), and will continue during this year’s Heritage Week, 19 to 23 August 2013, before closing on 25 October. (Above: Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy with Deputy Archivist Timmy O Connor at the launch. Below, sketch of Castle Hyde, near Fermoy, 1851 (U261), one of the images from the exhibition).

 Castlehyde House

Richard Dowden Papers Descriptive List Completed

Richard Dowden (Picture)
Richard Dowden

A descriptive list of the personal archive of businessman and philanthropist Alderman Richard Dowden (b1794-d1861), Mayor of Cork in 1845, has been completed, making his personal archive fully accessible for researchers.  The list organises and describes in detail over 1,800 items, including notebooks, manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and scrapbooks that contain a wealth of unique documents about Cork in the 1820 -1860 period. Dowden was involved with numerous organisations, charities and causes, including Father Mathew's temperance movement, local government, the Blind Asylum, and the Cork Literary and Scientific Society and he was an enthusiastic liberal party member and supporter of Daniel O'Connell, political reform, Catholic Emancipation, and Repeal. The collection was donated by Mr. Alec Day. It is also hoped to digitise parts of the archive. 


Genealogy Day for Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 2013


Genealogy Workshop 2011

Friday 22 March 2pm-5pm at the Archives.

Talks on researching your genealogy and family history, including:

Gerry White: Military personnel in the First World War and War of Independence 1914-23  

Rosaleen Underwood: New Online Sources for Genealogy

Limited seating. Booking required. Tel 021 4505876 or email

THIS EVENT IS NOW BOOKED OUT. We hope to have further events of this type over the coming months.

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‘John Woodroofe and the Cork Anatomists’ Exhibition

Woodroffe Exhibition

Celebrating the establishment of the first Cork School of Anatomy and the extraordinary contribution by a group of Cork anatomists to the subsequent development of the discipline in the 19th century.

Supplemented with material from the Archives collection. 

@Cork City and County Archives    13 February – 20 March 2013

Monday to Friday    10am – 1pm ; 2.15pm – 5pm      Free admission.

Woodroffe Exhibition Photo