Centenary of the birth of Cork author Liam Milner
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Liam Milner. Born in 1918 in Ballinacarriga, Co. Cork, he lived, worked and raised a family in Mayfield, Cork from 1954 until he passed away in 2002.
In the 1970’s, he was a frequent contributor on local history to the Evening Echo newspaper and to Cork local radio. He was the author of two books: The River Lee and its Tributaries (1975) and From The Kingdom to the Sea: The River Blackwater in History and Legend (1976) that provide a unique and timeless perspective on the local history of the communities along the rivers Lee and Blackwater from source to sea. His books are full of tales of drama, intrigue, romance and the fight for freedom along these two quintessential Cork waterways from prehistoric times to the early twentieth century. A feature of both books is the pencil drawings of locations and people associated with the history. Cork artist Hannah Sullivan illustrated the book on the River Lee but Liam Milner himself provided the illustrations for the book on the River Blackwater- see here his drawing of the Spa House, Mallow.
Both books were published by the Cork-based Tower Books but are now out of print. However, in honour of the centenary of the birth of Liam Milner, the Milner family has recently made available these books online at the Cork City Local Studies Department website - www.corkpastandpresent.ie. For future generations interested in the local history of Cork, they are a precious resource that is now made conveniently accessible. In 1989, Liam Milner authored a third book, Ireland’s Heritage In Black and White, also published by Tower Books, a collection of his pencil drawings of well-known Irish landmarks.
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