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Butter Exchange Band

  The Butter Exchange Band, or the “Buttera” as it is known, is one the best-known brass and reed bands in the city of Cork. The band was established in 1878 but has roots in a small band established for religious purposes by Fr. John McNamara, a curate of the North Cathedral. At the time of its creation the band was one of a number in the city but was regarded as one of the more prestigious ones because of its association with the Butter Market. At its foundation the band Read more [...]

Cork Barrack Street Band

Cork Barrack Street Band, affectionately known as the "Barracka" was officially founded as a temperance band by Fr. Theobald Matthew in 1837. During the early years, the band, which was the main attraction of his temperance society, was situated at No 1 Barrack Street. When weather permitted, the band would march the ill-paved, dim, gas-lit thoroughfares of Cork by night, playing inspirational airs, accompanied by a large following of temperance supporters parading in torch light procession Read more [...]

Cloyne Literary and Historical Society

Cloyne is a historically significant town in East Cork. The Literary & Historical Society has been in existence since 1977, has monthly meetings and lectures from guest speakers during the winter months and excursions to sites of historical interest during the summer. We hope you enjoy your visit to our website.      Cloyne: a parish and small town situated in a between Ballycotton and Great Island, 5 miles from Midleton, Count Cork. The Read more [...]

Blarney & District Historical Society

Founded in 1985, the Blarney & District Historical Society is a non-denominational and non-political organization which endeavours to record for posterity matters of local historical interest and also to preserve and protect local heritage. Through a series of public lectures each year and the publication of the "Old Blarney" journal, we try to share the information gathered in an affordable form. In the 25 years since its inauguration, the Society has organised over 280 lectures, Read more [...]

Beara Historical Society

In this our first publication the author explores the rich archaeological heritage in the unspoilt landscape of the old barony of Beara in West Cork, describing stone circles, ring forts, burial sites, standing stones, ogham inscriptions, ancient churches, monastic settlements, holy wells, old bridges and roads. The journey from Glengarriff to Glashananinnaun stream evokes memories of many aspects of Beara’s past, including the invasions, naval engagements and voyages in the maritime history Read more [...]