Cork Harbour, at the mouth of the River Lee, is one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Located close to Cork City, Cork Harbour is a popular attraction for both visiting tourists and residents. The harbour and the surrounding towns hold many secrets, and those who know the area tell tales of the families who once lived there, and the industries that they were part of.
Known for its wonderful array of islands, of which Great Island is the largest, Cork has a longstanding place in the community. Cork authors Kieran McCarthy and Daniel Breen uncover the distinct history surrounding Cork Harbour's past through a selection of old colour postcards and prints, matched with modern images, in order to show just what has changed and what has stayed the same in Cork Harbour Through Time.
For over twenty years, Kieran has actively promoted Cork's heritage with its various communities and people. He has led and continues to lead successful heritage initiatives through his community talks, City and County school heritage programmes, walking tours, newspaper articles, books and his work through his heritage consultancy business. For the past 16 years, Kieran has written a local heritage column in the Cork Independent on the history, geography and its intersection of modern day life in communities in Cork City and County. He is the author of fourteen books local history books. In June 2009 and May 2014, Kieran was elected as a local government councillor (Independent) to Cork City Council. More on Kieran's work can be seen at www.corkheritage.ie and www.kieranmccarthy.ie. Daniel Breen was born and bred in a town called Ballincollig (about 6 miles outside Cork City). He received an honours degree in History and Archaeology from University College Cork in 2001 and was awarded a Masters in European Historical Archaeology from the University of Sheffield in 2002. Since then, he has worked in Cork Public Museum, rising to the position of Assistant Curator. Much of his life is given to help catalogue, research and understand Cork's varied and rich heritage while also educating the public about this often forgotten past.