In the Local Studies Department of Cork City Libraries we find that few things fascinate visitors to the department more than old photographs, illustrations, and maps of the city. In this section you will find a selection of some of these images. We will add more as the site evolves.

As well as choosing options on the left panel of this page, you might also select the 'History' button above for more illustrations on this website, including images from the Irish Builder and the Illustrated London News.

Images on Library Catalogue

You can now view hundreds of online images, mainly about Cork, by searching our Catalogue. If you want to see images from, for instance, our copies of the Illustrated London News (1843-1885) or from the Irish Builder (1867-84), enter that journal name in the Author field of the Catalogue. Similarly, you can search in the catalogue’s Subject field for ‘Cork pictorial works' or other subject headings to find a wider range of images.

A limited number of these images are also searchable on this Cork Past and Present website with accompanying textual information compiled by Local Studies Librarian Kieran Burke. While a greater number of images can be found by searching the Catalogue, these do not have accompanying textual information as in the Cork Past and Present website.

Our digital images should be useful for school projects, for historians, and for others with an interest in Cork city and surrounding areas. If you would like to contribute images to this catalogue (by loan or donation of images), please contact us at


Cork Camera Club

Hodges and Pike - Cork city

Hodges and Pike - Cork county

Hodges and Pike - Houses of Cork county

Michael O'Leary

Lawrence Collection

Illustrated London News



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