Architecture of Cork


The architecture of Cork dates back to about the 11th Century- Part of the Old City Walls are displayed in Bishop Lucey Park off the Grand Parade. Most of the notable buildings date from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Cork’s beautiful cut stone buildings are made from local limestone quarried from South of the River Lee. The North Side of the City supplies the Red Sandstone.

There are so many layers of Cork’s history that it’s hard to illustrate them all on one website. From pagan places of worship to the founding of Saint Finbarre’s monastery to Viking settlement to Norman walled City, the seige of Cork, Catholic Emancipation, the 1916 Rising, The Burning of Cork, and Michael Collins founding of the Free State, and finally Ireland’s capitulation to the EU Superstate. Cork has it all!

The Rebel County

Does Cork still deserve the title of the “Rebel County”? The term comes from one of the various English wars for the Throne of England. Perkin Warbeck, a young pretender to the Throne came to Cork looking to gain support for his cause in 1491. He was supported by the former Mayor of Cork, John Atwater. Perkin ultimately lost his struggle for the English Crown and ultimately his life- He was executed in London, but the term “Rebel County” has stuck to this day.

The architecture of Cork still stands as a record of the City and her past triumphs and struggles. She maintains much of that old identity to this day, despite the best efforts of a City Council that has become a Corporatised vessel. Cork City Council of today no longer responds to the needs of the people. Global corporations push to homogenise and dilute the character of this ancient city. These corporations control Brussels and the EU who directly control the Council through the power of the Euro . What direction will Cork take? Will she fight to preserve all that is valuable or will she continue to be eroded by the forces that herald her destruction? We shall see.


The Architecture Cork is identifiable in this 3D printed model of the City Centre.

Cork City 3D Prints

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