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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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.