The Little Book of Cork
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 144 pages
Author: K. McCarthy
Publisher: The History Press
The Little Book of Cork is a compendium of fascinating, obscure, strange and entertaining facts about Cork City. Here you will find out about Cork’s buildings and businesses, its proud sporting heritage, its hidden corners and its famous (and occasionally infamous) men and women.
Through its bustling thoroughfares and down winding laneways, this book takes the reader on a journey through Cork and its vibrant past, recalling the people and events that shaped this great city. A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped into time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage and the secrets of Cork.
Did you know ... that Cork's Lord Mayors still annually perform the traditional "Throwing the Dart" ceremony in order to show their authority over the port and harbour? County Hall tower is the tallest building in the Republic of Ireland and its foundations are 50 feet deep. In November 1930 a world speed record was set by Joseph S. Wright when he rode his motorcycle at 150mph up the Carrigrohane Strait Road in Cork. Ont he corner of the Grand Parade and Tuckey Street, embedded into the pavement is a cannon that was reputedly used during the Seige of Cork. This is just a taster of the anecdotes you'll find that makes up this book.
1. A City and its Phases
2. Public Spaces and Buildings
3. The People Who Shaped Cork
4. Hidden Corners
5. Crime and Punishment
6. The Working Life
7. Poverty, Famine and Emigration
8. Leisure and Entertainment
9. The Sporting City