I love old photos, stories, letters, and anything that offers a glimpse into what life was like for those before us. If you didn’t already know, National Library of Ireland has a vast collection of such photographs online! I am including some of Cork in this post. Click on any photo to go to the NLI’s page on Flickr with details on the photo. I precede each photo with the year (or estimated range) when it was taken.
1918 – Daunt’s Square view of Patrick’s Street
After Kent train station opened in February 1893.
11:19am around 1900 – Bridge Street looking up at Patrick’s Hill
1900-ish – The Coal Quay “Irish market” where Cornmarket and Bodega are now located.
1897–1910 view of Shandon bell tower and base of Shandon Street from around where Gate Cinemas is now.
1948–1950 Looking across the south fork of the River Lee up Grand Parade (Electric would be out of view on the right)
May or June 1937 of Patrick’s Street
1902 view of Patrick’s Street
Queen’s College Cork – now University College Cork (aka UCC) in 1900
1893-1898 Grand Parade view
1910–1915 view of Grand Parade
Tuesday, 14 December 1920, The Burning of Cork
River Lee for the Cork Exhibition in summer somewhere in 1 May 1902 – 31 October 1903. The Daly Bridge (The Shaky Bridge) now stands by that site.
And a few from not quite city centre…
They were kissing the Blarney Stone even back in 1868–1914 without safety railings!
They finally added railings!
Fair Day in Bantry town. 1865-1914
The electric tram in Douglas Village 1900–1920
Do you have a favorite memory of one of these places?