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The Recreation, Amenity & Emergency Services Directorate has responsibility for  amenities, sports, cemeteries, libraries, the City Museum, the City Archives, Fire, Civil Defence and Emergency Planning, Building Control, Veterinary function, the Coroners Service and Plant & Machinery. 

This Directorate has responsibility for the  Archives, Libraries and Cork Public Museum.

Cork Public Museum, Fitzgeralds Park. Tel. No.(021) 427 0679. email:

Cork City and County Archives, Great William O'Brien Street. Tel. No. (021) 450 5886 email:

Central Library, Grand Parade Tel. No. (021) 492 4900 email:
Bishopstown Library Tel. No.  (021) 492 4950 email:
Blackpool Library Tel. No. (021) 492 4933 email:
Douglas Library Tel. No.  (021) 492 4932 email:
Hollyhill Library Tel. No. (021) 492 4928 email:
Frank O'Connor Library, Mayfield Tel. No. (021) 492 4935 email: 
Mobile Library Tel. No. (021) 492 4935 email:
Tory Top Road Library Tel. No. (021) 492 4934 email: 

Sports Development Officer (021) 492 4323

Mahon Municipal Golf Course
Mahon  Golf Course is an 18 hole golf course set between Clover Hill and the estuary of the Douglas River which attracts constant praise from golfers.

Leisure Centres

Cork City Council has 3 leisure centres, Leisureworld Bishopstown  Leisureworld Churchfield and  Douglas, operated by Leisureworld on our behalf.  All 3 facilities have pools, with Bishopstown and Churchfield having pitches, gyms, and saunas. See for further details.

The Council also  has a leisure centre, the Glen Resource Centre incorporating all weather pitches, meeting rooms, zip wire courses etc, managed by Glen Resource Centre Ltd on our behalf – see  

The Council has 2 indoor sports halls managed by the City of Cork VEC .

  • Sports Hall at Scoil Stiofan Naofa   021- 4961020
  • Sports Hall at Terence Mc Swiney College 021 - 4397740


The Parks Department maintains a number of walkways and parks in the City. A number of new parks have opened in recent years, with a major investment as well in playgrounds and Multi User Games Areas .

E mail

Phone 021 492 4323

Parks Nursery (021) 429 4462
Parks Depot, Togher (021) 454 6230
Parks Depot, Glen (021) 450 4657
Parks Depot, Fairhill (021) 430 4431
Fitzgeralds Park, The Mardyke (021) 434 5228
Parks Capital Project (021) 492 4441

The Building Control Department is involved with the administrative and technical process in the enforcement of the statutory building regulations. This Department also has functions concerning dangerous structures, private rented accommodation and safety advice.

Tel. + 353 21 492 4332 / 492 4000.

Fax. + 353 21 492 4043.


 Cork City Council manages four Municipal Cemeteries:

  • St. Finbarr’s, Glasheen Road, Cork. Tel: 021- 454 5997
  • St. Joseph’s, Tory Top Road, Ballyphehane, Cork. Tel: 021 - 432 0191
  • St. Catherine’s, Kilcully, Co. Cork. Tel: 021- 430 0669
  • St. Michael’s and New, Blackrock, Cork. Tel:  021 - 435 7890


Cork City Fire Brigade has seen many changes in it's structure, strength and resources. The development of the Brigade has closely mirrored that of Cork City, its culture being shaped by its experience and tradition.  Today we are an organisation of professional people working as part of a team, dedicated to providing a multi skilled approach not alone to the areas of fire fighting, but also to rescue and fire safety engineering. We are available for emergency response to the Community 24 hours a day seven days a week. Hopefully you will never need us, but if you call us we will be there.  Our role is changing from response to mitigation, our focus in the future will be to work with the community in the reduction of hazards and prevention of emergency incidents. We will also maintain and enhance our ability to respond to any emergency which may occur. 

Civil Defence is a voluntary organisation. Membership is open to male and female personnel with a minimum joining age of 16 years and an upper age limit of 65 years. Civil Defence is divided into a number of different services comprising Rescue, Auxiliary Fire Service, Casualty and Welfare. Training in these units, which are very well equipped, is undertaken on a weekly basis. There is also a River, Lake and Coastal Search and Recovery Unit. 

Emergency Planning. The primary aim of emergency planning is to achieve an effective response to all major incidents and emergency situations regardless of their cause.

Recreation, Amenity and Culture News
Inauguration of a Fishing Net Rinse Facility at The Lough, May 2011_t

Fishing Net Rinse Facility at The Lough

Inauguration of a Fishing Net Rinse Facility at The Lough, May 2011

Bishop Lucey Park Flowerbeds -t

Spring bedding in Bishop Lucey Park

Spring bedding in Bishop Lucey Park, April 2011

Contact Us

ckc-phone-icon-58w.jpg Telephone General Office (021) 492 4333 / 4323
Fax (021) 492 4651

ckc-typewriter-icon-58w.jpg Address: Recreation, Amenity and Emergency Services Directorate, Cork City Council, City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork.

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  • To protect and enhance the natural environment of the city and improve the quality of life of all stakeholders by the provision of high quality recreational opportunities for all age groups.
  • Develop the library service as a community resource for education, recreation, culture, heritage and life long learning.
  • Work with the local community and other agencies to reduce risk to life and property and to efficiently and promptly respond to fires and other emergencies when they arise.
Our Services
  • Recreation & Amenity
  • Provision and maintenance of parks, walkways, leisure centres, sports pitches, golf course, basketball, tennis courts.
  • Cork City Fire Brigade