The following section looks at the history and different functions of selected buildings in Oliver Plunkett Street. Oliver Plunkett Street was one of the first thoroughfares to be developed on the newly reclaimed marshland to the east of the walled boundaries of medieval Cork. Initially named George’s Street, the street and its vicinity rapidly expanded during the eighteenth century. This coincided with a boom in Cork’s economy. The city's important location and deep harbour helped it to benefit from an expanding provisions trade at that time.
Richard Cooke outlines the course of the street’s development during the 1700s:
By the close of the 18th century the street was dressed with buildings with a variety of architectural shapes and sizes, more or less in the same streetscape fashion of today. From time to time many of these buildings were replaced by the present structures, some of these date back to the 19th century and these stand on the foundation of the original buildings.
Many of the buildings on the street have a colourful history, whether in the current buildings or in premises that previously existed on the site. Their stories reflect different facets of Cork's social and commercial history.
Select buildings from the menu on the left or photo gallery below for further information.