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Launch of A Guide to Cork City’s Historic Plaques and Signs

A Guide to Cork City’s Historic Plaques and Signs was officially launched by the Lord Mayor Councillor Deirdre Clune on Wednesday 14th June 2006 in the Cork Vision Centre, North Main Street, Cork.

This booklet was produced by Cork City Council Planning and Development Directorate with the financial support of the Heritage Council.

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Gina Johnson(Researcher), Niamh Twomey (Heritage Officer), Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune, Ciara Brett (Executive Archaeologist)

In 2002 Cork City Council undertook a study of the historic plaques in the city. A preliminary list of plaques was compiled from documentary sources and from existing lists held by Cork Public Museum. A street survey was then carried out to record the known examples and to identify previously unrecorded plaques.

The Lord Mayor acknowledged all those who brought the publication to fruition. She recognised the commitment by Cork City Council to promoting and protecting the heritage of Cork City. The background research was undertaken by Gina Johnson and Ben Reilly under the supervision of Maurice Hurley. The database at the back of the booklet serves as an indicator of the comprehensive research undertaken, which was essential to ensure accuracy, variety and inclusiveness.

This booklet, which was edited by Ciara Brett, Executive Archaeologist and Niamh Twomey, Heritage Officer, highlights a selection of the plaques that were recorded in the study.

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Ms. Petra Coffey, Lord Mayor Cllr. Deirdre Clune, Cllr. Jim Corr

The plaques highlighted in this booklet emphasis the diversity and range of Cork City’s Heritage. Some of the plaques demonstrate the wide ranging contributions made by extraordinary people such as Frank O’Connor and Father Mathew. Others commemorate historic events such as the meeting of the newly formed GAA. The miscellaneous section illustrates a number of signs that are visible on many buildings in the city but are often over-looked such as benchmarks and firecall signs.

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This publication seeks to encourage both the citizens of Cork and its many visitors to stop and observe the craftsmanship of these plaques and the story that they tell. It should serve as a reminder of our city’s great history and culture. The variety of plaques illustrated should stir a deep sense of pride in our city. It should make every Cork person proud of their city and its achievements. It should also stimulate interest among tourists who visit our city.

Copies are available from the Planning and Development Directorate, Navigation House, Albert Quay.

For further details contact:
Ciara Brett, Executive Archaeologist 021 - 4924705
Niamh Twomey, Heritage Officer 021- 4924018

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