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Cork City and County Archives Launches Online Catalogue of Collections

Cork City and County Archives has launched an online catalogue containing detailed descriptions of records and manuscripts in the Archives that are available for public research.

The Archives preserves and makes available one of the largest and most important cultural heritage collections in Cork, with records and documents from local government, individuals and families, clubs and societies, trade unions, landed estates, solicitors, businesses, institutions, hospitals, and religious organisations. These records are the raw material for remembering, writing and understanding the History of Cork and its people.The online catalogue contains information and metadata on the content, structure, background, and context of each collection or item.

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L-R (rear-) Eileen O’Brien, County Librarian, Liam Ronayne City Librarian, Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy (front-) Peter McDonnell, Archives Attendant, Timmy O’Connor Deputy Archivist, Claire Murphy Senior Library Assistant, Brian McGee Chief Archivist, Michael Higgins, Archives Clerical Assistant.

Containing advanced searching technology and with extensive indexes to persons, places, institutions, events, time periods, and subjects, the catalogue is a powerful finding aid for those undertaking historical or genealogical research, enabling researchers to identify collections and individual documents containing relevant information.

The online catalogue is the culmination of 10 years of work by archivists and other staff who descriptively listed almost 200 individual archival collections to meet the International ‘ISADG’ Standard. The collections contain of tens of thousands of documents.  Older printed catalogues and lists were also converted over to the new catalogue.

The documents listed in the catalogue are mainly accessed in the Reading Room of the Seamus Murphy Building, Great William O’Brien Street. 

Linking in with the catalogue is an online archive of digitised documents that may be viewed over the internet. The online archive contains for example, St.Joseph’s Cemetery records from 1877 to 1917, and lists of the members of the Irish Volunteers from 1913-1914.

The online catalogue was funded by Cork City Council under its Information Systems E-Government Programme, which allowed the purchase and installation of the Adlib online internet server module.

While the catalogue contains a very substantial amount of information, it remains a work in progress, and years of work remain to make everything in the Archives fully accessible.  

The catalogue is a major step forward in making records and archives from Cork more accessible and visible, and it will particularly benefit those undertaking local history and family history research, and the Diaspora seeking their Irish heritage.

Local Government has a statutory function to properly manage and preserve local records and archives, and to make local archives available for public inspection. Established and equally funded by Cork City Council, UCC and Cork County Council, the Cork City and County Archives service (formerly Cork Archives Institute), was established in 1971. In 2006 the service moved to the new purpose built Seamus Murphy building in Blackpool.

Find the new online catalogue on the Cork City and County Archives web site

Contact:   Brian McGee, Cork City and County Archivist

Tel.  021-4505876   Email:


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