2012-14 Index-Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, Cork

2012-2014 Articles, including

Technical Memories, The Story of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, Cork


12 January 2012, Part 1, A Technical Act (Agriculture and Technical Instruction (Ireland) Act in 1899), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=7958


19 January 2012, Part 2, Educating a Modern Nation (Technical Instruction in Cork, 1901-1908), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8005


26 January 2012, Part 3, Renaissance Ireland (Exhibits at Cork International Exhibition 1902, Department of Agricultural and Technical Instruction), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8043


2 February 2012, Part 4, A Question of Life and Death (Bertram Windle, early career work),



9 February 2012, Part 5, Towards a Munster University (work of Bertram Windle),



16 February 2012, Part 6, A Meeting with Lloyd George (funding search, technical educational, Ireland, work of Bertram Windle), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8150


23 February 2012, Part 7, The Matter of Arnott’s Brewery (Sir John Arnott, career, charitable work), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8174


 1 March 2012, Part 8, Arthur Hill’s Incursion (Arthur Hill Architect, work, career), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8197


8 March 2012, Part 9, A Technical Institute is Born (gift of Sharman Crawford, architect, Arthur Hill, description of building, 1912), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8264


15 March 2012, Part 10, Top Floor Values (On the Sharman Crawford street of the first floor were the main drawing offices for engineering and building construction; the remainder of the floor was taken up by the botany laboratory, the two painters’ shops, the typographical room, the tailors’ cutting room, the material medica class room, the junior technical course class-room and the ladies’ staff room), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8349


22 March 2012, Douglas Historical Walking Tour (early history, mill history)



31 March 2012, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2012 (award winners, ideas, creativity), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8456


5 April 2012, Part 11, The Politics of Speech-Making (T.W. Russell, guest speaker, opening of Crawford Municipal Institute, Tuesday 16 January 1912), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8477


12 April 2012, Part 12, Commercial Education in the City (Cork Commerce of Commerce, est, 1908, workings), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8513


19 April 2012, Part 13, Playing a Piano Badly (Thomas Wallace Russell, Speech excerpts from his speech, 16 January 1912, opening of Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, Suffragette movement), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8543


26 April 2012, Part 14, The Making of National Syllabuses  (Mr. Fletcher, proposal of new examination schemes, 1912, Annual Technical Congress, Cork), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8555


3 May 2012, Part 15, Awake, Arise or Forever (Joseph Myles Starkie, paper at annual technical congress, 1912), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8591


10 May 2012, Blackrock Historical Walking Tour, 13 May 2012 (early history, Rockies, Fishermen), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8632


17 May 2012, Part 16, Foraging for Fruitful Ideas, William Starkie, Resident Commissioner of National Education for Ireland, eleventh annual congress of the Irish Technical Instruction Association on 5 June 1912, which was held at the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute. http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8684


24 May 2012, Part 17, A Turn of a Key (James Simcox, Lord Mayor of Cork, handover of key by son Canon James Simcox), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8701


31 May 2012, Part 18, Striving Towards the Sun (staff, John H. Grindley, Principal of Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8716


7 June 2012, Part 19, Experiments in a Shed (staff, Dr. Alfred Leonard, Chemistry teacher)




14 June 2012, Part 20, Conversaziones in Science (staff, Dr. Alfred Leonard, Chemistry teacher, Royal College of Science, Dublin), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8760



21 June 2012, Part 21, Wandering and Wondering (staff, Dr. Alfred Leonard, Chemistry teacher), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8782



28 June 2012, Part 22, Ideas, Innovation and Invention (staff, Dr. Alfred Leonard, Chemistry teacher), new courses, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8833



5 July 2012, Part 23, Calls to Arms, George Fletcher, the assistant secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, reflections in a paper delivered to the Insurance Institute of Ireland in April 1915,  http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8849



12 July 2012, Part 24, The Die of War (paper, George Fletcher, Assistant-Secretary of Technical Instruction, 20 April 1915), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8885




19 July 2012, Part 25, The Uncertainties of War (Debates, Technical Education, World War 1, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8894




26 July 2012, Mother Jones Commemoration, 31 July-2 August 2012 (Mary Harris, Trade Unions, U.S.A.) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8907


2 August 2012, Part 26, County Versus City (The Crawford Municipal Technical Institute educated 2,113 students, of whom they estimated 554, or 26 per cent, resided in Cork County), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8932



9 August 2012, The Sound of Heritage (Heritage Open Day (Saturday 18 August) sees over 40 buildings open to the public with a number of tours and lectures. Heritage week (18-25 August) offers a week long celebration on all things historical in Cork) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8944


16 August 2012, Kieran’s Heritage Week Events (18-25 August 2012), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8957


23 August 2012, Views from a Park (Historical Walking Tour, Building a people’s park, 160 acre site off Kinsale Road) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8969



30 August 2012, Part 27, Sharman Crawford’s Grievances(on 30 and 31 May 1917, the fourteenth congress met in Dublin of the Irish Technical Instruction Association. The theme for discussion was the broader question of the problems facing technical education in Ireland. Arthur F. Sharman Crawford from Cork gave a paper on educational development at the congress) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8973



6 September 2012, Part 28, Changing Times (The twenty-second meeting of the Irish convention was held on Thursday 27 September 1917 in the Crawford Technical Institute. It was its first meeting in Cork), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=8987



13 September 2012, Blackrock Historical Walking Tour, Saturday 22 September (Historical Walking Tour, Within the story of Blackrock and its environs, one can speak about a myriad of topics from its connection to the river and the harbour to its former mini demesne type landscape in the nineteenth century to its heart of a small village of hard working labourers and fishermen whose struggled to survive) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9013


20 September 2012, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2012-13 (launch, 2013 project), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9042



27 September 2012, Docklands Historical Walking Tour, 6 October 2012 (Historical Walking Tour, The history of the port, transport, technology, modern architecture, agriculture, sport, the urban edge with the river all provide an exciting cultural debate in teasing out how Cork as a place came into being. nineteenth century Cork; early twentieth century Cork), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9077



3 October 2012, Part 29, Passing under a Shadow (Nationally, during the Irish War of Independence, the consequences were a shortage of teachers and the slowing down of the building of technical school projects across the country) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9086



11 October 2012, Part 30, The Fallacies of Education (management committee meetings during 1924 reveal a financial deficit and fall off in numbers attending classes), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9114



18 October 2012, Part 31, Men of Action (Mr. A.F. Sharman Crawford on his retirement from active participation in the affairs of the committee, of which he had been chairman for a period of 16 years, Cork Examiner, 19 February, 1926), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9127



25 October 2012, Part 32, Before the Technical Commission (Standing before the Technical Commission of the Irish Free State in November 1926, the Cork group representing technical education in the city made their views known) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9147



1 November 2012, Part 33, Crossroad Narratives (As the Crawford Municipal Technical College voiced their concerns about funding in the mid 1920s, other stories of interest in the Cork Examiner are also perhaps worth highlighting, especially those that give insights into political attitudes at the time), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9155


8 November 2012, Part 34, Overarching Narratives (At a Council meeting on 19 September 1924, the principal business was to discuss the allocation of houses at a former Cattle Market site on College Road, which became known as Wycherley Terrace in time; The culverts of the city are referred to in October 1924), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9168



15 November 2012, Part 35, A No Man’s Land (apart from the Schools of Commerce, and Music, and the Crawford Technical College, their management committees also took a huge interest in the condition of the housing from where many of their students came from, slum conditions), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9180



22 November 2012, Part 36, Future Housing Debates (At the opening of the 1917-18 session of the Cork Municipal School of Commerce, the Principal D.J. Coakley, delivered a lecture on the “General Principles of Housing and Town Planning), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9196



29 November 2012, Kieran’s New Book – Cork City Through Time (Cork is rich in traces of its past. The postcards in my new book, co-written with assistant Cork City Museum Curator Dan Breen, is an attempt to illuminate this public past), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9209



6 December 2012, Kieran’s Cork Publications, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9236



13 December 2012, Part 37, The Surveys of Geddes (Patrick Geddes, Civic Surveys, Scottish biologist, sociologist, geographer, philanthropist and pioneering town planner. He is known for his innovative thinking in the fields of urban planning and sociology), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9242



20 December 2012, Part 38, The Genius of Place (Under the direction of Professor Patrick Abercrombie, D.J. organised a survey of Cork city, a report on which was published as Cork: A Civic Survey in 1926), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9268



10 January 2013, Part 39, Guiding the City’s Future (Cork Civic Survey, three clearly dilapidated housing areas of Cork are mapped out- one west of Shandon Street, the north western corner of the city centre island, and the property to the south west of St Finbarr’s Cathedral), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9320

17 January 2013, Part 40, Matters of Efficiency (Capwell Road scheme, 148 buildings), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9344



24 January 2013, Part 41, O’Rahilly’s Lament (Professor Alfred O’Rahilly, 10 October 1927, lecture to the members of the Economic and Literary Society of the Cork Municipal School of Commerce), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9361


31 January 2013, Part 42, Cutbacks and Apprenticeships (A late April meeting in 1928 for the City’s technical education committee reveals a raft of cuts to their educational programme). http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9382


7 February 2013, Part 43, A Bill in Question (The Irish Technical Congress was an annual assembly of teachers, members of various county and urban committees, and others interested in the technical or vocational side of education. The year 1930 coincided with the Vocational Education Bill which was before the Oireachtas in Dáil Éireann), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9389


14 February 2013, Part 44, A Bill of Change (The 1930 Technical congress at the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute provided a very useful forum to discuss the Vocational Education Bill of that year), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9397


21 February 2013, Part 45, Away from Drudgery (Mr P Bowen, President of the Irish Technical Education Association, spoke at length at the congress), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9405


28 February 2013, Part 46, Pitchforking Inefficiency (Delegates, gathering in Cork for the 1930 Technical Education Congress, were also shown what Cork had to offer. In the evening of day 1 on 11 June, the delegates, at the invitation of the Cork Reception Committee made a trip around Cork Harbour), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9419


7 March 2013, Part 47, A Magna Carta of Hope (On Thursday 12 June 1930, the delegates attending day two of the Irish Technical Congress were entertained to dinner by the Cork reception committee), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9438


14 March 2013, Kieran’s Lifelong Learning Events 2013 (free historical walking tours and lectures, which focus on key heritage sites from Douglas to Ballinlough) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9442

21 March 2013, Part 48, Avenues of Improvement (On day three of the Irish Technical Education Association Congress, held in the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, Mr W Cox read his paper on the nature of the apprenticeship system ), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9497


28 March 2013, Part 49, Store Pressures (In the last of the papers at the Irish Technical Education Association Congress, held in the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute on 13 June 1930, Mr S A William, Principal, School of Retail Distribution, London gave a paper on the changing nature of retail distribution), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9512


4 April 2013, Part 50, Green’s Act of Generosity (The Vocational Educational Bill was passed into legislation on 29 July 1930. The act was important in widening the extent of technical education and expanded the school system to provide general and practical training in preparation for employment. It established 38 VECs representative of local authorities and local interests; plus William T Green, donor of site for the present Cork College of Commerce) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9533


11 April 2013, Part 51, A Glass Jar of Hope (The pinnacle of vocational education projects in Cork in the 1930s was the creation of a new building for the Cork School of Commerce on Morrison’s Island. On 24 June 1935, in the presence of a large and distinguished gathering, Thomas Derrig TD, Minister for Education, laid the foundation stone of Cork’s new £60,000 Municipal School of Commerce and Domestic Science), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9563


18 April 2013, Part 52, A Rallying Centre (Thomas Derrig TD, Minister of Education, spoke at length at the luncheon following the laying of the foundation stone of the Cork College of Commerce in June 1935),http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9577


25 April 2013, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2013 (This year marks the tenth year of the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project co-ordinated by myself. The Project for 2013 culminated recently in two award ceremonies for the project. It  is open to schools in Cork City and County- at primary level to the pupils of fourth, fifth and sixth class and at post-primary from first to sixth years), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9595


2 May 2013, A Gate of Heaven (an article looking for memories of the people involved in its design, construction, and fundraising of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballinlough), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9608


9 May 2013, Part 53, A Princely Contribution (The official opening of the new Cork School of Commerce building on 7 June 1938 marked another stage in the development of vocational education in the city), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9643


16 May 2013, Part 54, Pre World War II Memories (In an article in the Cork Examiner on 2 September 1939, the Compulsory Continuation Education Scheme, entered into the second year of its existence in Cork City), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9660


23 May 2013, Part 55, War Breaks Out (The evacuation of children and mothers from London began early Friday morning on 1 September 1939. In the poorer quarters of the city, children were lined up in readiness to be taken away into the country as early as five and six o’clock), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9664


30 May 2013, Part 56, Air Raids and Housing (At a meeting of Cork Corporation on Tuesday evening, 24 October 1939, a report by City Manager, Philip Monahan, was presented to the councillors on possible air raid precautions. These carried an estimated cost of £107,490). http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9684


6 June 2013, Kieran’s City Walking Tours, June 2013 (The tour is based on my publication Discover Cork, which was published ten years ago as a guide to the city’s history). http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9705


13 June 2013, Part 57, Seán’s Memories (I met Seán Ó Coileáin last year during initial research for the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute. He attended the institute from 1934 for three years), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9737


20 June 2013, Workhouse, JFK and Docklands Tours, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9758


27 June 2013, Freedom, Hope and JFK (The tour aims to mark the visit, fifty years ago to Cork, by US President John F Kennedy) http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9773


4 July 2013, Part 58, Everybody has a Book in Them (I met Seán Ó Coileáin, last year during research for the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute. He attended the institute from 1934), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9784


11 July 2013, Part 59, Serving a City (final public gathering to mark and remember the work of the work of the Cork City Vocational Educational Committee), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9802


18 July 2013, Historical Walking Tour of Blackrock (History of Dunlocha Cottages), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9821


25 July 2013, Spirit of Mother Jones Festival, 30 July-1 August (The 2013 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival will run in historic Shandon from Tuesday 30 July to Thursday 1 August 2013),



1 August 2013, Rescue Camden Fort Meagher (It’s hard to imagine that in 2010 community volunteers had to cut their way into Camden Fort Meagher near Crosshaven. The scale of restoration work since then has been remarkable and is a testimony to the spirit and hard work of the whole project team), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9849


8 August 2013, Kieran’s Heritage Week, 17-25 August 2013 (an article on eighteenth century Cork), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9863


15 August 2013, Kieran’s Heritage Week, 17-25 August 2013 (an article on Douglas)



22 August 2013, The Spike Island Experience (75th anniversary of the handover of the island by the British government to the Irish government. To showcase the island’s heritage, Cork County Council have designed a brochure to give a flavour of the island’s rich and colourful heritage), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9877


29 August 2013, Canon Patrick Sheehan Remembered (The Very Rev Patrick Augustine Canon Sheehan (1852 – 5 October 1913) was an Irish Catholic priest, author and political activist), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9935


5 September 2013, Journeys of Faith, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballinlough, Celebrating 75 Years (At the dedication ceremony on Sunday 11 September 1938, the orator of the sermon, Fr Kieran, OFM, Cap spoke at length about the building belonging to the people and the people belonging to the church), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9963


12 September 2013, New Book – Journeys of Faith Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ballinlough, (planning for which started possibly 2-3 years after Christ the King. As Ballinlough church was a chapel of ease to St Michael’s Blackrock, there was a return to a traditional-looking structure), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=9975


19 September 2013, New Book – Journeys of Faith (Ballinlough was an area of hard-working people. Circa 55% of the land comprised market gardens), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10000


26 September 2013, New Book – Journeys of Faith (Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballinlough was dedicated on Sunday 11 September 1938), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10025


3 October 2013, Launch of Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2013-14 (One of the key aims of the project is to allow students to explore, investigate and debate their local heritage (built, archaeological, cultural and natural) in a constructive, active and fun way), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10047


10 October 2013, Ballintemple Historical Walking Tour (a new walking tour of the adjacent Ballintemple area), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10050


17 October 2013, Rebel Cork (Cork Rebel Week, the most talked about event in recent months, is upon us. One of the national flagship projects of The Gathering it focuses on what defines Cork as a place), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10072


24 October 2013, Eighteenth Century Cork Walking Tour, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10087


31 October 2013, Docklands Walking Tour (tour will take in the city’s docks, Albert Road/ Jewtown/ Hibernian Buildings and speak about the development of Centre Park Road), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10114


7 November 2013, Part 60, Apostles of Education (World War II had a profound effect on the organisation in terms of funding cutbacks), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10139


14 November 2013, Part 61, Re-Rationing Éire (Many people contributed to the success of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute through the years. The obituaries in the Cork Examiner and Evening Echo on 20 November 1945 for Dean Patrick Sexton, a member of the governing committee of the institute reveal a learned man who placed a huge emphasis on role of education in society), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10165


21 November 2013, Kieran’s New Book – West Cork Through Time (West Cork is known for many aspects, its scenery, its serenity, its culture and its people. The book explores 100 postcards of the West Cork region from one hundred years (c.1913) and follows in the footsteps of photographers to retake the same scenes in the present day), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10180


28 November 2013, Part 62, Engineering Success (Providing access between West Cork and Cork City for the general public including visitors and farmers was the Cork Bandon and South Coast Railway line), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10188

5 December 2013, Part 63, Graceful Places of Beauty (On 8 October 1945, the solemn blessing of Cork’s new Church, the Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin took place. It was a gift of William Dwyer TD of Sunbeam Wolsey to the North Cathedral Parish. Fundraising was also ongoing at St Augustine’s Church. A bazaar to raise funds was held on the 19 December 1947 in the Clarence Hall in the Imperial Hotel), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10202


12 December 2013, Part 64, Electrifications and Emigrations (Opportunities in engineering materialised further in the late 1940s, notably through rural electrification), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10211


19 December 2013, Part 65, Marshalling a Future (Between 1949-1951 Ted Murphy and his staff witnessed a change in Irish government twice, which altered the educational needs of the country), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10219




9 January 2014, Part 66, A Model of French Industry (The courses of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute responded to industrial needs in the late 1940s and 1950s. Driven by the aspirations of the Marshall Aid fund, the Interparty government invested part of this money in technological projects. The Cork area witnessed a number of projects, the first of which was the Lee Hydroelectric Scheme), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10266


16 January 2014, Part 67, A Nation Building Exercise (The French engineering firm of the Société de Construction des Batignolles (SCB), Paris had wide experience of large hydroelectric development works in France and the French colonies. It was given the contract to construct the dams and power stations at Carrigadrohid and Inniscarra on the River Lee), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10279




23 January 2014, Part 68, Down the Marina (With plenty of opportunities for technological minded students and workers, the second of the ESB’s led projects in 1950s Cork was that that of the steam powered station on The Marina), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10286



30 January 2014, Part 69, A Sphere of National Life (Built to the design and specifications prepared by the Electricity Supply Board’s own engineering staff, the Marina Station is one of the most up-to-date of its kind in Europe), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10305



6 February 2014, Part 70, Whitegate Oil Ventures (The creation of the oil refinery at Whitegate, Co Cork could become as great a turning point in Irish maritime history as the foundation of Irish Shipping itself. The Oil Refinery could make Cork what it should be from its unique geographic position, the maritime hub of the Eastern Atlantic), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10309



13 February 2014, Part 71, An Asprit de Corps (In the Southern Star, 28 February 1959, reasons were detailed why the Irish Refining Co. Ltd choose Whitegate for the site of their refinery. Dr R R Lawton, General Manager of the Company said at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, that Cork Harbour was reasonably sheltered and in the initial stage of development it was possible to bring in tankers up to 35,000 tons), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10320



20 February 2014, Part 72, Markets of Ferocity (The first speaker at the opening ceremony of Whitegate on 22 September 1959 was the Chairman of the Irish Refining Company Mr D A C Dewdney, who was introduced by Dr R R Lawton, general manager of the company), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10329




27 February 2014, Part 73, Verolme Bound (Two years previous to Whitegate Oil Refinery officially opening in 1957, negotiations began with a Dutch firm for the establishment in Cork Harbour of a large scale ship building operation), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10346





6 March 2014, Part 74, Keel Encounters (Verolme occupied the site of the old yard at Rushbrooke, where ship repair work had been carried on for a century. The new yard covered a much larger area, a great deal of which was reclaimed from the estuary of the River Lee), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10356



13 March 2014, Part 75, Outputs and Targets (The day before Verolme Dockyard was officially opened on 15 October 1960, the two and half million pounds factory of Messrs. Goulding Fertilisers Ltd at the Marina, Cork, was opened), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10376



20 March 2014, Part 76, Goulding’s Heritage (By 1956, due to the increasing demands on the Glen Factory, the first steps were taken towards the construction of a new factory on a 17-acre compound on the deep water site at the Marina, Cork on which the company had had an option for some years), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10389


27 March 2014, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2014 (This year marks the eleventh year of the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project co-ordinated by myself. The Project for 2014 culminated recently in two award ceremonies), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10404


4 April 2014, Talk on Cork’s Exhibitions (Cork has had three exhibitions (1852, 1883 & 1902/3) and one fair (1932). All put the city in a highly visible place in Irish public life and in the popular imagination, http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10427


10 April 2014, Cork City Heritage Plan, 2014-2018 (The new Cork City Heritage Plan (2014-2018) is an action plan and sets out a series of realistic and practical actions to protect conserve and manage the city’s heritage over the next five years and a methodology on the implementation of these actions), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10436



18 April 2014, Part 77, Plans of Steel (By September 1958, an extensive programme of expansion of the operations of Irish Steel Holdings was proposed incorporating an additional 200 workers on top of 450 workers), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10459



24 April 2014, Part 78, The Prosperous Region (The eighty-year-old John J Horgan, Chairman of the Cork Harbour Commissioners wrote at length in his Irish Times editorial of 1961 describing the remarkable development which took place in the previous years), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10480




1 May 2014, Historical Walking Tour of Ballintemple (Ballintemple as a settlement hub is one of the earliest in the city that came into being. Urban legend and writers such as Samuel Lewis in 1837 describe how the Knight’s Templar had a church here, the first parish church of Blackrock), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10488



8 May 2014, Historical Walking Tour of Mahon (John Windele’s Guide to the South of Ireland in 1844 notes that the grounds between the Castle and the Douglas River are called the ‘Ring’ because of the Irish word “Reen” which means a promontory. He attributes Ringmahon Castle to a branch of the old Irish sept of the O’Mahonys, who anciently held large possessions in the vicinity and left their name Mahony or Mahon to the present day area), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10505



15 May 2014, Historical Walking Tour of Ballinlough (With 360 acres, Ballinlough is the second largest of the seven townlands forming the Mahon Peninsula. If you think of its geographic location on a limestone ridge over-looking the river and harbour and the name Baile an Locha – settlement of the lake – that is where the name could come from, a settlement overlooking the nearby Douglas estuary), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10535


22 May 2014, Historical Walking Tour of Blackrock (The Cork Examiner, the day after the official blessing of St Michael’s Church, (a church built to replace the accidental burnt down edifice of the first structure) on Monday 8 June 1964 reveals an age of screaming Beatles fans, Greta Garbo films at the Palace Theatre, Peter Sellers films at the Lee Cinema, Glenn Ford at the Ritz and Rock Hudson films at the Savoy and westerns at the Capital, and the advent of the Carry-on films in North Cork cinemas), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10549


29 May 2014, Historical Walking Tour of the Old Cork Workhouse, St Finbarr’s Hospital (With mid nineteenth century roots, the hospital was the site of the city’s former workhouse but as such here is one of Cork’s and Ireland’s national historic markers),  http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10561


5 June 2014, Kieran’s City Walking Tours, June 2014 (This year I bring the summer walking tours of Cork City centre back during the month of June, on Tuesday evenings, 10th, 17th, and Friday evenings, 13th & 20th), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10594



12 June 2014, Kieran’s City Walking Tours, 17 & 20 June 2014 (My summer walking tours of Cork City centre continue and conclude next week Tuesday evening, 17th June and Friday evening, 20th June), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10610


19 June 2014, Part 79, A Field of Enterprise (In the 1930s, Richard O’Connor produced an ambitious plan for an airport to be built on the mud flats of Belvelly from which would radiate air routes to Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Liverpool, Hull, Rosslare, Pembroke, London and Cherbourg), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10618



26 June 2014, Part 80, A Symbolic Airport (On 18 January 1954 the Department finally announced that the airport would be located at Ballygarvan, four miles south of the city. Three years later in September 1957, the land commission began to acquire land in the vicinity of Ballygarvan to the extent of approximately 420 acres), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10639




3 July 2014, Part 81, An Auld Acquaintance (The Minister for Transport and Power, Erskine Childers, officially opened Cork’s new bus station at Parnell Place on Wednesday 12 October 1961), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10662




10 July 2014, Part 82, The Ford Expansion (The decade of the 1960s also brought new opportunities to the Ford manufacturing plant in Cork’s Marina. The special supplement in the Cork Examiner in October 1967 describes that it was the post World War II years that really saw the major growth in car assembly), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10680



17 July 2014, Part 83, Stylising the Landscape (In October 1967, Taoiseach Jack Lynch at the opening of the £2m investment into the Ford Factory on the Marina marked not only change for Ford but also for the motoring population), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10700


24 July 2014, The Spirit of Mother Jones, 29 July-1 August 2014 (Mother Jones was an American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labour and community organiser, who helped co-ordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10708



31 July 2014, Part 84, Building a Tyre Empire (On Thursday 11 November 1965, Irish Dunlop held a press conference. Mr E J Power, Chief Executive outlined the new re-organisation plans for the company – a massive project involving the capital outlay of some £2m and the building of two entirely new giant blocks in Dublin and Cork), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10719



7 August 2014, Part 85, Plans for Modernisation (In 1934, the Irish Dunlop Company commenced manufacture in Ireland at its factory at Centre Park Road, held under a lease from Henry Ford & Son.  Under a State manufacture licence, the company was to provide at least eighty per cent in quantity of the country’s requirements of pneumatic rubber tyres), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10732


14 August 2014, Kieran’s Heritage Week, 23-31 August 2014 (National Heritage Week is upon us again at the end of next week (23 – 31 August). It’s going to be a busy week. In the city and county, there is a wide range of events on. The City Library has an extensive local history lecture programme), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10771



21 August 2014, Carved from a Swamp (Cork Heritage Open Day and Heritage Week are looming – a kind of Christmas week – for a heritage fanatic like me. It is great to see the city’s local history and natural heritage being focussed on), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10788



28 August 2014, Part 86, Dunlops of the 1960s (The new Dunlops office block at Cork comprised 48,000 square feet, spanning across six storeys and sitting on 130 piles into the Centre Park Road swamp), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/wordpress/?p=10814



4 September 2014, Part 87, A Country Renewed (Between 1945 and 1973, Ireland moved from being a largely agricultural to one increasingly complex global framework. Ireland could attract mobile capital from national companies), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10830


11 September 2014, Part 88, A Nation of Regions (The years 1963-1965 were key years for economic policy making in Ireland. The first Economic Programme was published by the Government in November 1958), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10850


18 September 2014, Notes on a Park (Finding myself sitting in Fitzgerald’s Park, creating a walking tour for culture night is engaging), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10861


25 September 2014, Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Project 2014-15 (launch of project), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10888


2 October 2014, Part 89, Planning a Cork RTC (In late November 1966 an interim architect’s report of Cork’s proposed £2m regional technical college was approved at the meeting of the Cork City Vocational Education Committee), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10893

9 October 2014, 150 Years of The Statue (The date 10 October 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the unveiling of the Fr Mathew Statue on St Patrick’s Street), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10907


16 October 2014, Part 90, Forty Years Ago, Cork RTC Opens (Cork’s CIT campus celebrates its 40th birthday this month. The new college at Rossa Avenue officially began operations on 1 October 1974 with close on 4,000 students enrolled), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10936


23 October 2014, Part 91, Premises for a College of Art (With a new RTC up and running in Cork from October 1974, attention soon turned to the future of the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10946


30 October 2014, Part 92, Wisdom and a Real Spirit (With the wheels of education moving, and the Cork School of Art in the process of relocating to the Crawford Tech, attention turned to having an official opening of the Cork Regional Technical College), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10955


6 November 2014, Part 93 of 93, For the Public Good (In reaching the end of the series on the Crawford Municipal Technical Institute, there are always the plaguing questions of what other sub topics on the Tech that could have been written about), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=10985


13 November 2014, Memories of Oliver Plunkett Street (The new web pages on Oliver Plunkett Street explore the historical development of the street from its beginnings in the early eighteenth century), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=11007


20 November 2014, Kieran’s New Book – Cork Harbour Through Time (How do you capture a harbour in all its beauty? Being the second largest natural harbour in the world brings a focus and energy that Cork Harbour has always been open to), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=11021



Cork Harbour Memories

27 November 2014, Part 1, The Edge of Memory (To begin a series on the histories and the cultural DNA of Cork Harbour, the question is where to start), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=11045


4 December 2014, Part 2, The Wreckage of the Past (The amount of boats that have plied Cork Harbour is immeasurable. The large volume of extant admiralty charts from different periods of time point to negotiation around rocks, shallows and islands, and show carved out navigation routes), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=11055


11 December 2014, Part 3, Recovering the Vikings (The recent publication Archaeological Excavations at South Main Street 2003-2005, edited by Ciara Brett and Maurice Hurley, brings many nuggets of information to the public realm on early to mid twelfth century Cork), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=11074


18 December 2014, Part 4, The Bristol Connection (As Cork developed in the twelfth century, from historical and archaeological perspectives, one of its earliest known connections to another port city was with Bristol), http://kieranmccarthy.ie/?p=11081