Starting in 1999 Our City, Our Town, my weekly column in the Cork Independent newspaper explores, recovers and celebrates Cork’s rich past – in particular its culture and built heritage. The column at its heart promotes the importance of local history and its dissemination.
Over the years, the series has been concerned with the cultural and built heritage of Cork City Centre, River Lee Valley and Cork Harbour. The column this year looks at society and daily life in Cork in 1920 set against the backdrop of the escalating Irish War of Independence and the deaths of the two Lord Mayors, Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney, as well as the Burning of Cork.
The Cork Independent is a free newspaper, which has a weekly circulation of 40,000 issues and is available in many shops and hence reaches out to all communities of all ages. The column regularly reaches out to the general public for information on column topics and publishes people’s family history. As the column is weekly, 51 columns are written published yearly on different sub topics.
The column is also published on my supporting blog, www.corkheritage.ie and on my active facebook page, Cork Our City, Our Town. The column also supports my free public walking tours, which take place in 25 suburban locations in Cork City, which attracts families and young and old. The column also supports research within my annual Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project, which involves working with 25 schools in Cork City and approximately 1,000 students. The latter initiative is in partnership with the Heritage office of Cork City Council.
Indices to Columns:
Below are the names of my published articles (topics) as they appeared in the papers Inside Cork / Cork Independent and the date they were published. Cork City Library has back copies of both papers.
Click here for the index for 1999-2005: 1999-2005 Histories of Cork | Cork Heritage
Click here for the index to the River Lee valley, Co. Cork series, 2006-2011, entitled In the Steps of St Finbarr, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=2804
Click here for the index to the 2012-2014 series on the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=3056
Click here for the index to the 2014-2016 series on histories of Cork Harbour, Cork Region, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=4165
Click here for the index to the 2016 series on 1916 Cork, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=4653
Click here for the index to the 2017 series entitled The Wheels of 1917, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=4649
Click here for the index to the 2018 series entitled, Stories from 2018, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=4835
Click here for the index to the 2019 series entitled, Tales from 2019, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=4991
Click here for the index to the 2020 series entitled, Remembering 1920, http://corkheritage.ie/?page_id=5202