This book gives the reader an illustrated tour of the history of Cork city, as if they were taking a walk through the city's past. The journey starts in Blackrock, before heading into the city and following a meandering route that covers many areas of both the north and south sides of the River Lee. The images date largely from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and many of them may be a surprise to the modern Corkonian. For instance it is hard to imagine what the reaction would be today if you came across a railway engine trundling through the centre of Cork as part of normal traffic, yet for a time this was a common sight in the streets of the city. And who today can remember seeing a large group of pigs making an orderly crossing over St Patrick's Street? Moreover, many of the magnificent buildings which are shown in the book are no longer in existence, a rich architectural heritage lost forever.
The book also includes some interesting examples of what might have been, with the architectural plans that were rejected for buildings such as St Fin Barre's cathedral and the Courthouse.
With a new gem on every page, this book should equal if not exceed the success of the author's previous work.
Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 975 g
Dimensions: 240 x 168 x 23 mm
"With a new gem on every page, this book should equal, if not exceed the success of the author's previous work" * Southern Star *
"The book, a 288 hardback, is full of photos and quirky local stories and would make a great Christmas present"
"There is something for everyone in Timeless Cork" * evening echo *