Cork City and County Archives

Name of library
Cork City and County Archives

Address of library
Seamus Murphy Building
33a Great William O’Brien Street


Opening hours
Tues – Fri 10am – 5pm, by appointment

Cork PAL Co-ordinator Brian McGee, Archivist
Tel. 021 4505 876

Requirements for referral
Referral from participating library required. Telephone call in advance to one of the Cork PAL coordinating team, with one week’s notice. 021 4505876  Photo ID and Proof of Address required.

Statement of access to resources
Reading access to records and archives. No borrowing is allowed.

Library Collection
The Cork City and County Archives Seamus Murphy Building, Blackpool, is one of the first stand alone purpose built archives centres in Ireland. The facility meets the most modern standards for the preservation and use of records and archives. The Archives’ reading room has space for up to 12 researchers.

Cork City and County Archives preserves one of the finest sets of archives in Ireland. Most of our collections consist of original manuscript-type material (including photographs and maps, plans and drawings) Collections mainly date within the 1700-1980 period, with some material dating from pre-1700. The chief categories of archives held include:

  • Local Government archives including Cork Corporation, Cork County Council, Town Councils, and Poor Law Workhouses.
  • Personal, Family and Literary Papers
  • Landed Estate papers
  • Solicitors Papers
  • Archives of Businesses
  • Trade Union Archives
  • Archives of Clubs and Societies
  • School Records