The Irish Collection

In addition to our Cork Collection, the Local Studies Library also houses an extensive collection of books of national interest on various subject areas from education, archaeology, folklore, and travel memoirs to books focusing on important moments in Irish history.

‘The year in Ireland’ by Kevin Danaher (Cork: The Mercier Press, 1972)

This informative book contains detailed descriptions of Irish traditions and customs relating to important festivals and dates during the year.

‘The Civil Survey 1654-1656 County of Waterford, volume VI, with appendices: Muskerry Barony, Co. Cork: Kilkenny City and Liberties (Part); also valuations circa 1663-64, for Waterford and Cork Cities’ Prepared for publication with introductory notes by Robert G. Simington (Dublin: The Stationery Office, 1942)

This compilation from the mid-seventeenth century is a survey of the valuation of land and its proprietors, including the boundaries of areas. It is a useful resource for historians and geographers.

‘The Irish Sketch Book and Critical Reviews’ by William Makepeace Thackeray, with illustrations by the author, George Cruikshank, John Leech, and M. Fitzgerald (London: Smith, Elder & Co, 1879)

Detailing his travels around Ireland in 1842, the author William Makepeace Thackeray provides a commentary on the social conditions in Ireland during the years leading up to the Great Famine.

‘The Irish Fiants of the Tudor Sovereigns: during the Reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Philip & Mary, and Elizabeth’ with a new introduction by Kenneth Nicholls and preface by Tomás G. Ó Canann (Dublin: published by Éamonn de Búrca for Edmund Burke Publisher, 1994)

This multi-volume compendium is an excellent resource for the study of Tudor history in sixteenth-century Ireland.  

‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’: edited by John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy, associate editor: John Borgonovo (Cork: Cork University Press, 2017)

This huge volume of scholarship covers a diverse range of topics relating to the social and political history of Ireland from Home Rule in 1912 to the Civil War in 1923.

‘The Irish people: an illustrated history’ by Kenneth Neill (Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, 1979)

Spanning across a number of centuries, this volume of work provides an interesting insight into the history of Ireland and its people, using over 400 photographs and documentary evidence.

‘More maps and texts: sources and the Irish Historic Town Atlas’, edited by H.B. Clarke and Sarah Gearty (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2018)

A collection of essays on the history of the social and urban development of the Irish landscape.

‘Reading the Irish landscape’ by Frank Mitchell and Michael Ryan (Dublin: TowerHouse, 2007)

This book is an excellent analysis of the geology, geography and archaeology of Ireland, that has shaped the Irish landscape for centuries.

‘The Morpeth Roll: Ireland identified in 1841’, edited by Christopher Ridgway (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013)

A document of national significance, which contains over 160,000 signatures from across Ireland that were compiled in the year 1841.

‘A guide to sources for the history of material culture in Ireland, 1500-2000’ by Toby Barnard (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2005)

An informative guide to the history and development of objects, furnishings, clothing and cooking utensils that were used by our ancestors

‘Atlas of the Irish rural landscape’ edited by F.H.A. Aalen, Kevin Whelan and Matthew Stout (Cork: Cork University Press, 2011, revised and expanded second edition)

This volume contains a myriad of topics from archaeology, settlement, agriculture, churches, canals, railways and many other features.

‘Campaign Journals of the Elizabethan Irish Wars’ edited by David Edwards (Dublin: Irish Manuscripts Commission, 2014)

A unique guide to the history of the Tudor conquest of Ireland, with an expert analysis of nineteen journals recording military operations during the Elizabethan campaigns.

‘Women and the Great Hunger’, edited by Christine Kinealy, Jason King and Ciarán Reilly (Hamden, CT: Quinnipiac University Press, 2016)

An exploration of the diverse role of women and their experiences during the years of the Great Famine.

‘Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: the kindness of strangers’ by Christine Kinealy (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)

This book provides a detailed description of the international relief efforts that were mobilized during the years of the Great Famine in Ireland.

‘On the verge of want: a unique insight into the living conditions along Ireland’s Western seaboard in the late 19th century’, compiled and edited by James Morrissey ( Dublin: Crannóg Books, 2001)

Using original documents, this book illustrates the everyday life experience of people living in the later decades of the 1800s.

‘Travellers’ Accounts as Source-Material for Irish Historians’ by C.J. Woods (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2009)

An invaluable guide to the study of travellers’ accounts, providing an interesting window into life in Ireland during the centuries.

‘Photographs and photography in Irish local history’ by Liam Kelly (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2008)

An extensive study of the use of photographs as important historical documents.

‘The Big Houses and Landed Estates of Ireland: a research guide’ by Terence Dooley (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007)

This book provides an analysis of the key resources for the study of the history of Big Houses and landed estates in Ireland from the sixteenth to the end of the twentieth centuries.

‘Tracing your Irish ancestors’ by John Grenham (fifth edition) (Dublin: Gill Books, 2019)

An essential guide to the study of family history in Ireland. Very useful for both beginners and seasoned researchers as it provides detailed information about the nature of the extensive genealogical records that are available.

‘Tracing your Cork Ancestors’ by Tony McCarthy and Tim Cadogan (Dublin: Flyleaf Press, 2011)

This is an invaluable guide to the study of family history and the nature of genealogical records relating to Cork.

‘The Irish Roots Guide’ by Tony McCarthy (Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1991)

This book provides clear step-by-step instructions on how to research documentary records for the study of family history.

‘The surnames of Ireland’ by Edward MacLysaght (Dublin: Portland, OR: Irish Academic Press, 2007) 6th edition

A detailed guide to the background of over 4,000 Gaelic, Norman and Anglo-Irish surnames.

‘The Archives of the Valuation of Ireland: 1830-1865’ by Frances McGee (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018)

A rich resource for the study of socio-economic and family history during the mid-nineteenth century.

Cork Place Names Archive/Cartlann Logainmníochta Chorcaí

This is a unique collection detailing in-depth the place names of County Cork. This extensive archive consists of 85 volumes arranged according to barony. It is a real gem for local history enthusiasts.