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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 [...]

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 [...]