By

Marie McCarthy
Many foreign travellers wrote an account of their travels in Ireland in the late eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Travel in the 18th century was largely by horseback and with the improvement of roads, the hiring of a chaise or coach for travel across the county became a more popular mode of travel.  Some...
Read More
As part of the 125th anniversary of Cork County Council, you can visit the Local Studies Library and view the original entries for the design of the Cork County Council seal which were submitted back in 1899. The Local Studies Library also has some very interesting books and files that explore this fascinating history of...
Read More
Historian and author, Joseph EA Connell Jnr, will be give a talk on various aspects of post Treaty Ireland in the Local Studies Library at 3pm on Thursday 15th February. He has written extensively on this period in Irish history – Michael Collins Dublin 1916-1922, The Terror War and The Shadow War. Booking is essential....
Read More
Participation in street games has been a timeless pursuit for children throughout Cork. This podcast explores some of the more familiar games that are recognisable to all generations, though names may have changed along the way. The narrative will bring back childhood memories to all listeners whilst paying homage to an era that is now...
Read More
The town of Youghal is steeped in history and heritage. The Local Studies Library has put together an exhibition which explores some of this history and this will be on display in the LHQ Gallery in the County Library Building from 14th to 25th of August.The exhibition includes 8mm film recorded by William Matthes of...
Read More
Digital copies of our collection of Irish Tourist Association files from the 1940s are now available to view at https://corklocalstudies.ie/irish-tourist-association-topographical-and-general-survey/. These surveys offer a unique insight into life in Cork, as well as descriptions of ancient archaeological sites, curiosities and local folklore and traditions. This digitisation project was supported by the Heritage Council under the...
Read More
As the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising approaches, why not take a look at the books available in our local studies library. We hold a variety of books covering many aspects of the Rising, from the aftermath and legacy of the rebellion to the stories of the women and children affected by the events...
Read More
Our local studies library holds a variety of books covering the history of sport in Cork city and county. Our Cork Collection includes the following titles: Cork’s hurling story / Tim Horgan Macroom : sport and community : a history of nine sports, 1900-1999 / Con Kelleher Relentless : the inside story of the Cork ladies’ footballers / Mary White Blood...
Read More
Our local studies department boasts an impressive collection of books detailing the fascinating history of Cork’s railways. Our collection includes: The Schull & Skibbereen Railway by James I. C. Boyd The railways of West Cork ‘reflections and reminiscences’ Lost railways of Co. Cork by Stephen Johnson The Cork, Bandon and South Coast Railway : an illustrated history. Volume 2: 1900-1950 by Colm Creedon Irish railways in pictures. No. 3, The railways of Cork compiled...
Read More
As Christmas 2022 fast approaches, why not take a look through our collection of the Cork Holly Bough periodical. Bound copies of the Holly Bough from 1947 onwards can be viewed in our local studies library. You can also view editions published as far back as 1924 through the Irish Newspaper Archive, which can be...
Read More
1 2