Cnuasach Chorcaí

Is acmhainn ollmhór leabhar ar an iliomad ábhar a bhaineann le contae Chorcaí agus lena stair agus oidhreacht shaibhir é seo. I measc na n-ábhar tá an ailtireacht, an tseandálaíocht, an spórt, an bheathaisnéis agus an stair shóisialta agus pholaitíochta. Tá irisí stairiúla arna fhoilsiú ag grúpaí stairiúla áitiúla timpeall an chontae mar chuid lárnach de Chnuasach Chorcaí.

I measc na mbuntéacsanna taighde i gCnuasach Chorcaí tá:

‘Cork history and society: interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county’ Edited by Patrick O’Flanagan and Cornelius G. Buttimer (Dublin: Geography Publications, 1993)

This book which contains contributions from numerous academics provides an excellent history of various subject areas relating to the history of Cork.

‘Parish histories and place names of West Cork’ by Bruno O’Donoghue (Tralee: The Kerryman, 1986)

This is a useful resource for researching the meaning of place names of townland areas in the civil parishes of West Cork.

‘A history of the Diocese of Cork: from the penal era to the Famine’ by Evelyn Bolster (Cork: Tower Books, 1989)

This book is part of a four-volume series detailing the history of the diocese of Cork from earliest times to the episcopate of William Delaney, 1847-1886

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‘Lewis’ Cork: a topographical dictionary of the parishes, towns and villages of Cork city and county’ with an introduction by Tim Cadogan (Cork: Collins Press, 1998)

The Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis was published in 1837. It contains historical and statistical information and provides a fascinating insight into the social history of Cork in the decade before the Great Famine.

‘A biographical dictionary of Cork’ by Tim Cadogan and Jeremiah Falvey (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2006)

This comprehensive dictionary comprises profiles of over 1,500 well-known men and women from Cork.

‘West Cork and its story’ by Jeremiah O’Mahony (Cork: Tower Books, 1975)

A detailed and wide-ranging history of West Cork from the Bronze Age to the early decades of the 19th century.

‘The land and the people of nineteenth-century Cork: the rural economy and the Land Question’ by James S. Donnelly (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1975)

This is an excellent extensive study of the social, political and economic history of Cork during the 1800s.

‘The castles of County Cork: with 72 lines drawings and 10 maps by the author’ by James N. Healy (Cork: The Mercier Press, 1988)

This volume provides descriptions of the history and architecture of various historic sites located in the county and is a useful resource for the study of castles.

Commercial Directories

The collection of Guy’s Almanac and Postal Directories are an extremely useful resource for the study of the social history of Cork through time. They consist of lists of the names of business owners and tradespeople living in villages and towns across the county. Our collection consists of directories (with minor gaps) from the year 1876-1946 and we also have some additional commercial directories from the years 1843-43, 1863 and 1867.

‘Historical and Topographical Notes etc. on Buttevant, Castletownroche, Doneraile and Mallow and places in their vicinity’ by Colonel James Grove White (Cork : Guy and Co, 1905)

This collection comprises 11 volumes and provides detailed descriptions of the residences of the landed gentry of north Cork.

‘Clerical and Parochial records of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, taken from Diocesan and Parish registries, MSS. In the principal libraries and public offices of Oxford, Dublin, and London, and from private or family papers’. By W. Maziere Brady (Dublin: Thom, 1864)

This three- volume collection consists of information relating to the ecclesiastical history of Church of Ireland parishes and their clergy.

‘O’Kief, Coshe Mang, Slieve Lougher and Upper Blackwater in Ireland’ compiled by Albert Casey et al. (Birmingham, Alabama: Knocknagree Historical Fund, 1952-67)

Sliabh Luachra comprises the area of north-west Cork and east Kerry. The barony of Duhallow lies within the area of Sliabh Luachra. This 13 volume compilation is an extensive collection of genealogical material relating to this area.

‘Cork and County Cork in the twentieth century: contemporary biographies’ by Rev. Richard J. Hodges and edited by W.T.Pike (Brighton: W.T.Pike & Company Limited, 1911)

This book provides an informative guide to the members of the gentry in early twentieth century Cork. It also contains illustrations of the residences owned by the landed gentry.

‘Researches in the south of Ireland, illustrative of the scenery, architectural remains and the manners and superstitions of the peasantry, with an appendix, containing a private narrative of the rebellion of 1798’ by T. Crofton Croker (London: John Murray, 1824)

This fascinating volume consists of descriptions of various areas of the county, including descriptions of some customs and local traditions. Theses descriptions were compiled between the years 1812 and 1822.

‘Jeffers of Bandon: a history’ by Isla Jeffers

This book documents the history of the Jeffers family who were business owners from Bandon in West Cork. The book illustrates the family’s story from the nineteenth century to the present day.

‘A safe house: one family’s fight for Irish freedom’ by Timothy R. Murray

The Murray family were from Courtbrack near Blarney. The family were very involved in local volunteer/ IRA and Cumann na mBan groups. This book illustrates their unique story.

‘Murder most local: historic murders of West Cork’ by Peter O’Shea

Following on from previous publications such as books on the historic murders of North Cork and also East Cork, this book provides detailed information on 39 historical murders in the West Cork area from the early 1800s to the early 20th century.

‘Bantry through the centuries’ by Colum Hourihane

This two-volume compilation details the social and economic history of Bantry town, as well as providing a rich portrait of the town’s heritage through the use of numerous historical photographs.

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