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Cork Film Festival

IN THE good old days, 45 years ago, Cork boasted a ``prestige'' film festival, whose committee, in the words of founder Dermot Breen, ``didn't wish to be classified as long-haired cranks of the cinema''. We've come a long way, baby, and long-haired cranks are now the toast of what is generally accepted as the ``people's festival'' of the film circuit.  By  MARTIN FITZPATRICK   Sunday October 08 2000 Never Read more [...]

Huguenot Community in Cork

Today’s ceremony is particularly special for me as Lord Mayor and Cork City Council as we are engaged in a very public policy of restoring and promoting the rich historical legacy of our wonderful City. The Huguenot Community numbering approximately 300 settled in Cork in the late 17th century from France. The Edict of Nantes in 1685 withdrew their rights and liberties, causing approximately 5000 to flee France to Ireland because of religious persecution. By 1712 the community which Read more [...]

The Jews of Cork

History of the Cork Hebrew Congregation and the Jews of Cork. The first wave of Jewish emigration to Cork was in 1772 with the influx of a small community of Sephardic Jews from Portugal. Relatively little is known about this first community. Although they didn’t have a synagogue, a burial ground was discovered at Kemp Street, to the back of the present synagogue on number 10, South Terrace. The community didn’t exceed about 40 in number, and disappeared through intermarriage Read more [...]

University College Cork

UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges at Cork, Galway and Belfast.  The site chosen for the college is particularly appropriate given its connection with the patron saint of Cork, St Finbarr.  It is believed his monastery and school stood on the bank of the river Lee, which runs through the lower grounds of the university.  The University’s motto is ‘Where Finbarr Taught, let Munster Learn.’ On November 7th 1849, Queen’s College Cork Read more [...]

University College Cork-centenary 1908-2008

"Welcome to this on line exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the establishment of University College Cork (UCC). Queen's College, Cork, the immediate predecessor of University College, Cork opened its doors in 1849 to 117 students. The foundation of the Queen's University and its colleges at Belfast, Cork and Galway were historically, politically and socially significant. For the first time in over two hundred years education was being made available to a cross section of Irish society. Read more [...]