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HISTORICAL EXHIBITION 2nd - 20th March 2015

Óglaigh na hÉireann 1913-1918 The Irish Volunteers

Irish Volunteers 1913-1918 Exhibition                       

From the Military Archives, Irish Defence Forces. Also with some original archival documents from the Cork City and County Archives collections.

LOCATION: Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool.

DATES: Wed. 4th March to Friday 20th March 2015, inclusive.

TIMES: 10am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday, including lunchtime.

Free Admission

Irish Volunteers 1913-18 Exhibition Case

Local History & Heritage Talks for the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival 23 to 27 March 2015.

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Date/Time: 23 to 27 March 2015 at 2.30pm

Location:  Cork City and County Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, 32 Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork.


Tom Spalding (Mon 23rd March) ‘Architecture and Buildings in Cork during the Great War Period’.

Gabriel Doherty (Tues 24th March) ‘Cork and the Death of O’Dovovan Rossa in 1915, Newspaper Evidence’

Dr. David Butler (Wed 25th March) ‘Freemasonry in Cork City and County: Its Halls, Artefacts and Heritage’

Liam Ó hUigín (Thur 26th March ) ‘Illustrated History of Cork’

Kieran McCarthy (Fri 27th March) ‘Stories from the Archives, Cork in the 1920s and 1930s’

All welcome. Limited seating, first come first served.


National Heritage Week and Cork Heritage Open Day 2015

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The Archives had a very successful programme for National Heritage Week (22-29 Aug). The Archives building was also for the first time open for Cork Heritage Open Day on saturday 22 August from 12.00pm to 4.00pm. Our fascinating 'Moments in Time' Exhibition of material from 1915 was on display and there were guided tours of the building at 12.30pm, 2pm, and 3.15pm...real interest and great support from the Cork public, as always.

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CULTURE NIGHT 2015 - Friday 18 September 2015

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 Explore Cork City and County Archives, your local public archives service. We are open from 5pm to around 8pm, with guided tours of the building at 6:30 and 7:00. Our current exhibition, 'Moments in Time' - featuring local archives from Cork in 1915 - continues, and visitors are welcome to browse documents in the research room and find out more about our services, the collections, and what records we hold which may be of interest to you.



New Book On the History of Donoughmore by Gerard O'Rourke

Sweet Donoughmore Book 2015

'Ancient Sweet Donoughmore: Life in an Irish Rural Parish to 1900' chronicles the birth of an Irish rural district in Mid Cork to the beginning of the twentieth century. Along this journey the archaeology and early Christian and medieval periods are explored; leading to a study of the religious and agrarian aspects, the Great Famine and development of education culminating in an examination of the economy and the land question. Through a long period of settlement a story of cultural identity and fortitude is unfolded relating to the people who inherited that landscape.

It is of interest to anyone with a connection to Donoughmore, to those interested in local history, to those thinking of a gift for Christmas or indeed for anyone with an interest in rural Ireland. It will be launched on Friday October 16th by Michael Lenihan, best-selling author of ‘Hidden Cork’, ‘Pure Cork’ and ‘Timeless Cork’, in the Community Centre, Stuake, Donoughmore at 8 p.m. Everyone is very welcome to what should be an eventful evening of nostalgia supplemented over light refreshments. A limited collector’s hardback edition is also available.Further details at www.donoughmore.comor tel: 021/7337368. The book will be for sale in local shops, in neighbouring parishes, Liam Ruiséal , Easons and Waterstones in Cork and from the website.

'Explore Your Archive' Campaign 2015

'Moments In Time'  Exhibition - NOW SHOWING

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Advert from 1915 Concert at City Hall held by the Irish Volunteers (Conlon collection Ref. PR10/1/6)

An Exhibition by Cork City and County Archives of Local Archives from Cork 100 Years Ago, with items from the outstanding local archives collections preserved by Cork City and County Archives Service.

The exhibition contains unique documents and photos from 1915 relating to the First World War, the rise of nationalism and the Irish Volunteer movement, Cork’s industrial and commercial heritage, local government in the City and County, and items related to daily life at that time.


10am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday until 18 December 2015



'Through War and Rebellion: Cork 1912-18' online schools resource launched

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 On Thursday 19 November 2015, Cork City and County Archives' new online resource for secondary schools was launched by Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O'Leary and Deputy County Mayor Cllr Frank O'Flynn. Focusing on the key period around 1916, the resource, entitled 'Through War and Rebellion: Cork 1912-18', presents in PDF format copies of unique and original documents from collections preserved by CCCA, with background information, links, and activities, and additional resources for teachers. It was developed by CCCA with research consultancy from historian and teacher Barry Keane and with the vital support of the Heritage Council Grants Programme 2015. Prior to launch it was trialled in three Cork schools - St Angela's College, St Patrick's College, and Scoil Mhuire. Students from each school attended the launch and were awarded certificates in recognition of their contribution to the project. The resource may be accessed on this website.

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 Students of St Angela's, St Patrick's and Scoil Mhuire at the launch, with (l to r) Timmy O Connor, Deputy Archivist; Edel O'Donovan, Deputy Principal, St Angela's; Brian McGee, Cork City and County Archivist; Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Chris O'Leary; Deputy Mayor of County Cork Cllr Frank O'Flynn; Ann Gillen, teacher, St Patrick's; and Barry Keane, historian and teacher


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