Cork County
Cork is the largest County in Ireland covering a land area of 1,849,686 acres. Cork city is the largest urban area in the county with a population of over 160,000. The city was founded on the river Lee by the Vikings in 846AD close to the monastic site of St. Finbar.  The county has a large coastline with important harbours at Bantry, Kinsale, Youghal and Cork. Archaeological evidence suggests that the County has been inhabited from the mesolithic period onwards. Large towns in the county include Macroom, Bandon, Mallow, Kanturk, Blarney and Fermoy

People and Places
Explore some of Cork's historic streets and meet the counties most famous people. Check the earliest dates for the city's parish records or examine a chronology of historic events in the county.

Port of Cork
Cork can boast one of the largest natural harbours in Europe. It was the last port of call for the "Titanic" and you can check the list of passengers who embarked here. There is also a list of members of the Irish Mercantile Marine who lost their lives during the second world war.

Sources and links
Want to find more information on Cork. Here we list some of the main sources for research including newspapers, census, journals and books. Also there are links to useful Cork web sites.
Lewis' Cork
Samuel Lewis published his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland in 1837 and again in 1842. It provides an important account of life in Ireland before the great famine. Here you can read some extracts for the county and city of Cork.

Directories and other lists can be a useful source of genealogical and local history information. Here you will find a surname index to Richard Lucas's Directory of Cork from 1787, a list of people executed in the county and a list of publicans in Cork taken from the British Parliamentary Papers of 1832.

Republicans in Cork
Cork played a pivotal role in Ireland's fight for independence. Life and liberty were often sacrificed to this cause. Here we list some of those who made this sacrifice from the Irish Volunteers on active service in 1916, the dead of the First Cork and Third West Cork Brigade, those who fought at Crossbarry and Clonmult, republicans executed in Cork from 1921 to 1923 and participants in the hunger strike at Cork city gaol in 1923.

Outside of Cork
County Cork is bordered by Kerry, Limerick and Waterford. Check here for information from these counties including inhabitants of Waterford 1663/64 and photographs from Killarney national park.

Free Church (now St. John's Central College)
Parliament Bridge and Holy Trinity Church
St. Patrick's Bridge
Cork County Gaol

Cork City Hall
Republican Plot