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Dr. Sean Pettit

A native of Cork city, Dr. Sean Pettit was a secondary teacher at Midleton College before he was appointed a Lecturer at University College Cork in 1970, a post which he held until his retirement 31 years later - he never once missed a day. His motto has always been: "Aoíblinn Beath an Scolaire". He decided to place whatever talent he had at the service of the wider community in extra-mural. He had a lucky break when he was invited by RTE local radio, "Corkabout" to give a weekly talk on Cork history. Read more [...]

David McInerney

An account of David’s artistic life. David's career in music began 75 years ago, when, as a 9 year old his parents sent him to the Cork School of Music to learn violin playing and the theory and harmony of music. Eventually David gained a place in the school's Symphony Orchestra. After a decade, David left school on attaining employment. Following night studies and discovering he had developed an adult singing voice, he joined the north cathedral choir where under the tutelage of Herr Aloys Read more [...]

Pearse Gunn

Pearse is very much a person of Cork City having been born and reared at the end of Barrack Street not far from the South Gate Bridge. It was inevitable that he would be educated in St. Nessan’s Christian Brothers School just around the corner from where he lived. He subsequently transferred to the North Monastery for secondary school and then to the School of Commerce. On leaving school he found employment in Hipps Ltd., gentlemen’s outfitters, in Patrick’s Street. His manager there, Read more [...]

Tomas Ó’Canainn

Tomas Ó'Canainn was born in Derry and his wife, Helen in Belfast. Traditional music was an important part of his family background,his grandfather and mother both playing the fiddle. Thomas and Helen’s three children are all expert musicians. He studied Electrical Engineering at Queens University Belfast and spent a number of years working in industry, before doing a Ph. D at Liverpool University and going on to lecturing staff there. While in Liverpool, he became deeply involved with Read more [...]

John Fitzgerald, the Bard of the Lee

2010 marked the centenary of the death of Mr. John Fitzgerald, also known as "The Bard of the Lee". Today he is perhaps best known as the writer of the song "The Green Hills of Cork", or, as it is more popularly known, "Beautiful City". He was a founder member of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society and contributed many articles to its journal. He was born in Hanover Street in 1825 and was a cabinet maker and woodcarver by trade. However, Mr. Fitzgerald was also known Read more [...]