History Trails

St Patrick's Street, Cork, present day, (picture: Cllr Kieran McCarthy)
St Patrick’s Street, Cork, present day (picture: Cllr Kieran McCarthy)

   They say the best way to get to know a city is to walk it – in Cork you can get lost in narrow streets, marvel at old cobbled lane ways, photograph old street corners, look up beyond the modern shopfronts, gaze at clues from the past, be enthused and at the same time disgusted by a view, smile at interested locals, engage in the forgotten and the remembered, search and connect for something of oneself, thirst in the sense of story-telling – in essence feel the DNA of the place.

Cork has a soul, which is packed full of ambition and heart. Giving walking tours over 21 years has allowed me to bring people on a journey into that soul but also receive feedback on the wider contexts of what visitors and locals have seen elsewhere. Cork is a city packed with historic gems all waiting to be discovered at every street corner.

  Cork possesses a north-west European and an eastern North Atlantic port story. Located in the south of Ireland, it is windswept by tail ends of North Atlantic storms, which consistently drench the city and rural areas with wind and rains – but they leave to showcase a very photogenic urbanity with amazing sunsets on the river channels and a resilient green agricultural hinterland and chiselled raw coastline. Cork’s former historic networks and contacts are reflected in its the physical urban fabric – its bricks, street layout and decaying timber wharfs. Inspired by other cities with similar trading partners, it forged its own unique take on port architecture.

Below are a set of digital history trails that can be followed by one’s armchair at home. They are brief historical walking trails of Cork’s City Centre, which covers some of the topics on my physical walking tours. The information is abstracted from various articles from my Our City, Our Town column in the Cork Independent, 1999-present day, Cork Independent Our City, Our Town Articles | Cork Heritage

History Trail, Barrack Street Area | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Blackpool Area | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Bridges of Cork City Centre | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Cornmarket Street to Emmett Place – Paul Street District | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Daly’s Bridge AKA Shakey Bridge | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Grand Parade | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Lee Fields | Cork Heritage
History Trail, MacCurtain Street to Penrose Quay | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Oliver Plunkett Street | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Middle Parish Area | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Seamus Murphy, Cork Sculptor | Cork Heritage
History Trail, Shandon Street Area | Cork Heritage
History Trail, St Patrick’s Street Area | Cork Heritage
History Trail, The Mardyke Walk Area | Cork Heritage
History Trail, The Marina | Cork Heritage
History Trail, The Walled Town of Cork | Cork Heritage
History Trail, The Young Offenders TV Show, Cork Locations, 2018 | Cork Heritage

Love Cork logo at St Peter's Church, North Main Street, Cork (picture: Cllr Kieran McCarthy)
Love Cork logo at St Peter’s Church, North Main Street, Cork (picture: Cllr Kieran McCarthy)