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Official Opening of New Cork City and County Archives Building

The new building for Cork City and County Archives, at Great William O'Brien Street, Blackpool, was officially opened in June 2006 by Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune and the City Manager, Mr. Joe Gavin.

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Joe Gavin, City Manager, speaking at the opening ceremony.

The building, funded by Cork City Council under the 2005 Capital Programme, is the first stand alone purpose-built Archives in the history of the State. It has air-conditioned strongrooms for preserving archives, a public exhibition space and a large reading room for researchers to consult documents. The building is a major legacy of Cork's year as European Capital of Culture.

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Cllr. Catherine Clancy and Brian McGee, Archivist, with members of Blackpool Historical Society in the Reading Room of the new Archives building

The opening was well attended by local dignitaries and by members of the Blackpool Historical Society and the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society.

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At the unveiling of the plaque: Brian McGee, Archivist, Joe Gavin, City Manager, Joe Kennelly, Director of Service, Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune, Cllr. Mick Barry and Cllr. Damien Wallace

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