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Liam O’hUigin

"My name is Liam O’hUigin (William Higgins) and I was born in Henry Street in the Middle Parish (Hammond’s Marsh) 1941. I was baptised and celebrated my First Holy Communion and Confirmation in St. Peter and Pauls Church, Cork City. I attended St. Josephs School on the Mardyke 1945-1954. I left school at 14 years of age with my Primary Cert and became a Messenger Boy in Musgraves in Cornmarket Street. My mother who was born in Vicar Street, off Barrack Street died when I was a young lad Read more [...]

Aruba Coghlan

Currently the Director of the Cork Dance Company, Aruba is a Fellow and Examiner with the International Dance Teachers Association, a Life Member of the Royal Academy of Dancing, the International Dance Teachers Association and The Imperial Society as well as a registered teacher with the Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College London. In the mid sixties, she held the first ever Royal Academy of Dancing Ballet examination in Cork (the following year Joan Denise Moriarty followed suit). In Read more [...]

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 [...]

ALL ABOARD! The Cork and Muskerry light railway and the River Lee Hotel

Original Source from The Doyle Collection Blog Long before The River Lee Hotel, the 1800s Muskerry tramline took locals from Cork city to the popular site of Blarney Castle. Rollin’ over the bridge with the blow of its whistle, the tram would arrive at the Cork terminus – now, the exact spot of The River Lee Hotel.  Above: Blarney train ready to leave the Western Road terminus. The terminus was sited on Bishop's island, now the site of The River Lee Hotel. The River Lee Hotel celebrated Read more [...]