Unfold Cork city’s heritage through the pages of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas

Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran McCarthy with authors, Prof Howard Clarke, Máire Ní Laoi and Prof Pat Guiry, President of Royal Irish Academy, at the launch of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Cork. (Photo: Darragh Kane)

This new historical atlas of Cork, which explores the city from its origins to the present, was launched on the evening of May 14 in City Hall by Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Lord Mayor of Cork City.

Published by the Royal Irish Academy, the ‘Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Cork/Corcaigh’ is a weighty tome with historic maps, town plans and illustrations that trace the development of the city from 1545.

From map and history enthusiasts to those who are just discovering the city, once opened, the Cork atlas promises a voyage of discovery. Priced at €50, the publication includes 40 loose sheets of maps and plates, 25 facsimiles of historic maps, 17 bespoke town plans and thematic maps, 61 topographical views and early photographs, a 40,000-word descriptive essay, and details of 13,000 sites from streets to buildings from over 600 various sources for Cork and urban history.


“Cork City Council were very supportive of the project and were delighted to be a partner in producing what is the largest volume in the series yet”, Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran McCarthy said.

“It is a tremendous publication which will no doubt deepen our understanding of the built heritage of our historic port city. The accompanying maps, produced in large scale, are a unique and important resource for those interested in the physical development of the city.”

Cllr McCarthy went on to congratulate Howard Clarke and Máire Ní Laoi “for their continuous dedication and research, the editorial board of the IHTA and the cartographic team led by Sarah Gearty, for producing a significant volume which will have a lasting impact on future research and study of Cork city.”

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Cork is published by the Royal Irish Academy in association with Cork City Council, with maps produced in association with Tailte Éireann, is available from bookshops nationwide or can be ordered from ria.ie/cork