Recent Acquisitions

‌Below are a selection of some of the material recently added to our Local Studies Collection. Select the ‌link to view a PDF of all items added during winter 2015.‌

Be transported back to a different age, where Irish rural life revolved around the farm. A sharing of stories about women on these farms and a celebration of life in its small precious moments. Alice Taylor takes us back to rural life, reflecting back on the routine and experiences of farm women in Ireland in the 1950s - a time when food was mostly home-grown and everything was reused. An uplifting account, full of nostalgia and wise words to treasure from Ireland's best-loved author.


The planning of Holy Trinity church in Cork City began in 1825, and the building was finally completed some sixty years later. The story of its completion mirrors the turbulent history of Ireland of the time, and the development of the cultural and civic life of the community, particularly in charting the life of its patron, Father Theobald Matthew and the important role of the Capuchin Order. In this new work, Patrica Curtin-Kelly chronicles the fascinating history of this building and details some of its treasures, including the stained-glass windows by renowned Irish artist Harry Clarke.


The Beamish & Crawford brewery, founded in 1792 in Cork, was the first Irish brewery to brew stout and porter on a large scale, creating the product and tradition on which Ireland's stout reputation was to grow. This book traces the growth and development of porter and stout brewing in Ireland and tells the story of over two centuries of Cork's most iconic brewery and the people who worked there.


The Journal of the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society (JCHAS) ISSN 0010-8731, published annually, contains illustrated articles on history, archaeology, genealogy, folk-life, folk-culture, place-names and reviews of books and periodicals dealing with these subjects as well as the Proceedings of the Society.


North Cork is a region with many stories to tell. There are hundreds of roads to travel down and numerous historical spaces to admire. The impressive scenery casts a hypnotic spell on the explorer. The region is defined by the meandering River Blackwater and its multiple tributaries and mountainous terrain to the north. It borders four counties: Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford. Colourful villages provide different textures and cultural landscapes. Each of the villages have their own unique history, all connect and add in some way to the greatness of the region. This book examines a hudred or so postcards in North Cork, many of which were taken c. 1900-20, and some of their historical contexts. North Cork Through Time shows how the multitude of landmarks in the area have been passed from one generation to another and have evolved in response to their environments, contributing to giving the County of Cork and its citizens a sense of identity and continuity.


The long-awaited autobiography of Ireland's most beloved rugby player: Peter Stringer When Peter Stringer played youth rugby, he was so small that people told his parents he shouldn't be allowed on the pitch. Fortunately for Munster and for Ireland, they paid no attention. Over 200 provincial caps and 98 international caps later, Stringer is a legend. Since making his Munster debut in 1998, his lightning-quick passing, sniping breaks and brave defending have electrified fans - never more so than when he deceived the entire Biarritz team at a scrum to sneak in for the try that brought Munster its first Heineken Cup in 2006. In Ireland's breakthrough season of 2009, his man-of-the-match performance at Murrayfield helped overturn a late deficit en route to the Six Nations Grand Slam. Now, for the first time, Peter Stringer tells his own story - a story of overcoming the odds, and a story every Irish rugby fan will want to read.


The Little Book of Cork is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about Cork City. Here you will find out about Cork's buildings and businesses, its proud sporting heritage, its hidden corners and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women. Through its bustling thoroughfares and down winding laneways, this book takes the reader on a journey through Cork and its vibrant past, recalling the people and events that shaped this great city. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of Cork.


In August 2008 Cork City FC found itself in financial difficulties that threatened the club's existence. In this book, Neal Horgan, a professional footballer with the club, and with the benefit of this unique viewpoint, presents his account of the drama as it unfolded.

Within hours of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a submarine off the Cork coast in May 1915, a narrative was created and over time, emerged as the ‘truth’ of the incident.  rms_lusitania

Sailing By features a specially chosen selection of material broadcast on Seascapes, RTÉ Radio 1’s dedicated maritime programme. Originally developed and presented by Tom MacSweeney, who retired in 2009, the helm has passed on to Marcus Connaughton who now presents and produces the weekly programme.

This is an original and timely study of one of the most influential figures in 20th century Irish culture. Seán O’Faoláin’s rich and diverse career spanned many genres – biography, novels, short stories, travel writing and editorship of the hugely influential journal The Bell.  sean_o_faolain
 A fascinating new insight into the epic conflicts between Spain’s Philip III and Elizabeth I of England, culminating in the Spanish invasion of Ireland, the fateful Battle of Kinsale and the downfall of the Gaelic insurgent chieftains O’Neill and O’Donnell.  the_last_armada
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