‌Our photo archive contains around 6000 images, exploring the breadth of life in an ever changing Cork.

Our earliest images, dating from 1996, focus on the Northside of Cork City and Blackpool in particular, reflecting our original areas of interest.

Over time we have expanded our perspective to include the wider Cork community.

Click on the + signs below to open galleries of samples of photographs from our collections.

Photograph of Roy Hammond with camera thumbnail

This is a selection of photographs taken by Gráinne Mcgee, which feature in our Cork Memory Map project.‌

photographic portrait of Noreen Hannoverphotographic portrait of Margaret Newman and Breda St Legerphotographic portrait of Noel Magnier
photographic portrait of Jim McKeon photographic portrait of Geraldine Healy photographic portrait of Pat Speight
photo of Rory Gallagher monument photographic portrait of Breda Sheehan Milk Cake
slogging apples photo of St Finbarr's angel Johnny Chris Kelleher

 

Our European Capital of Culture Cork 2005 project features the stunning images of staff photographer Fawn Allen, encompassing both the physical environment of the city and the faces of Cork's latest citizens.

Photograph of bonded warehouses by Fawn Allen
Photograph of a newspaper seller by Fawn Allen Photograph of Women at Cornmarket Street by Fawn Allen
Photograph of the weir by St Anne's Hospital by Fawn Allen Photograph of Roma women by Fawn Allen Photograph of a fishmonger in the English Market Street by Fawn Allen
Photograph of children on a quayside by Fawn Allen Photograph of people outside a dance studio by Fawn Allen Photograph of a man and his dog on a quayside by Fawn Allen
Photograph of the shakey bridge by Fawn Allen Photograph of a closeup of women at Cornmarket Street by Fawn Allen Photograph of street nameplates by Fawn Allen

Here are a selection of photographs taken by staff of the Folklore Project between 1996 and 1998, including one of staff members holding the Heritage Council Award 1998.

photo of drag hunting 1998 Folklore Project staff with The Heritage Council Award 1998
The old flats in Blackpool 1998 photo of John Hourihan, tinsmith, 1996
photo of a Reading wagon 1996 photo of a barrel-top wagon 1996

We have also been fortunate to have had a significant collection of photos from the late Roy Hammond deposited in our permanent collection.

Photograph of Horse and Cart by Roy Hammond thumbnail Photograph of Bar interior 2 by Roy Hammond thumbnail Photograph of Blackrock Castle by Roy Hammond thumbnail
Photograph of Soccer player by Roy Hammond thumbnail Boatyard photo by Roy Hammond thumbnail Ballinspittle grotto thumbnail
Photograph of Blarney Stone by Roy Hammond thumbnail Photograph of Kitty Barry by Roy Hammond thumbnail Photograph of ferris wheel by Roy Hammond thumbnail
Photograph of Aer Lingus plane by Roy Hammond thumbnail Photograph of Bar interior 1 by Roy Hammond thumbnail Photograph of Eucharistic Procession by Roy Hammond thumbnail

The Hunter/Hudson collection centers on built heritage and the physical evolution of Cork between 1996 and 2005. Stephen Hunter, a former Project Researcher, edited our book Life Journeys book and many issues of The Archive Journal.

photo of Madden's Buildings plaque photo of an old house aerial photo of the Firkin Crane
photo of Charles' Fort photo of currach building at Meithal Mara photo of The Arcadia during demolition
photo of the National Sculpture Factory photo of musicians busking photo of the reconstructed famine ship Jeanie Johnston
photo of a Round Tower photo of the Glen Flats before demolition photo of a heap of mangles

Tom Doig has worked with existing images in our archive to create a gallery of beautiful Cork collages, such as featured on the cover of our journal, The Archive.

Roy Hammond Collage by Tom DoigRory Gallagher collage by Tom DoigTom Doig aeroplane collage

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