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Official opening of Cork Archives Building

The Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune officially opened the new Cork City and County Archives Building , Tuesday, 20th June 2006 at 2.15pm. The building is located at Great William O’Brien, Street, Blackpool, Cork.

Cork has brought its historical archive facility up to modern standards by building a state of the art archive centre in the resurgent Blackpool area of Cork city. Speaking at the opening, the Lord Mayor said:

“I am delighted to be opening such a modern building for Cork’s archives. I am sure that the building will be a key cultural amenity for the community where we can promote better awareness of Cork’s rich history. The main challenge for the future is to make the archives available to the public, for research, for education, and for exhibition, while also ensuring that the archives are preserved for future generations. This new building will ensure that this mission is carried out on behalf of the people of Cork.”

Archives Building

The Cork City and County Archives, New Building at Great William O'Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork.

The new purpose built building is the first new stand alone archives in the history of the State. It preserves a key public amenity containing unique information about Cork’s history. The Archives was based at a temporary premises in the former Christ Church on South Main Street. Historic Christ Church is a very old building which could not meet modern requirements for archives storage.

The new building houses a key public amenity, which is charged with the preservation and custody of local archives, which were originally made and kept by institutions or individuals in bygone years. According to City Archivist, Brian McGee “these are one of the richest sets of local archives in Ireland, spanning a period of over 300 years, and are an important ‘reservoir’ of unique information about Cork’s cultural heritage and history. They are used as a source for historians and others to find out about our ancestors, and to bring past events to life through first hand written evidence.”

The City and County Archives is open to the public Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 1pm, 2.30pm to 5.00pm.

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