The city of Cork is a place of tradition, continuity, change and legacy. It is a place of direction and experiment by people of ambition and determination, experiences and learning, of ingenuity and innovation, and of nostalgia and memory. Its extraordinary history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped Ireland's southern capital.
Cork in 50 Buildings explores the history of this venerable old city through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures - from the Church of St Anne, Shandon, regarded as a symbol of the city, to more recent additions such as the tower of the County Hall, once the tallest building in Ireland. Local author and historian Kieran McCarthy celebrates Cork's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way as he guides the reader around the city's historic and modern buildings.
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.