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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 [...]

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 [...]

Lord Mayor Community Heritage Concert 2011

    Lord Mayor’s Community Heritage Concert 2011 Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Fitzgerald, and Deputy Lady Mayoress Guest of Honour Dan Donovan, Councillors, former Lords Mayor/s, Mr Christopher Allander, President of Cork Lions Club. Mr Ted Owens CEO, City of Cork Vocational Education Committee. To you all who are our distinguished guests to night? Now we await “the finale” the emotional piece you’ll never Read more [...]

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 [...]