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Biography of Irish tenor William ‘Wallou’ Dunlea


Biography of Irish tenor William ‘Wallou’ Dunlea
Cork City Libraries published a biography of Blackpool-born tenor William ‘Wallou’ Dunlea (1911-1998) by Jim McKeon on 9 December 2008.
The story of this Cork-born singer is a remarkable story which saw Dunlea becoming a household name in Cork and achieving international recognition, as he performed in major venues in London and America. John McCormack, the more famous Irish tenor,  was a known admirer of Dunlea.
For the first time, the story of this remarkable Cork singer is told in a compelling narrative by Jim McKeon. The text is complemented by images of unique photographs, and copies of concert programmes and other memorabilia provided by the Dunlea family.
Copies of the book are available through all premises of Cork City Libraries and through city centre book shops at €10 per copy.

The Aruba Coghlan Dance Collection

The Aruba Coghlan Dance Collection
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor, Councillor Brian Bermingham attended an evening to mark the presentation of the Aruba Coghlan Dance Collection to Cork City Libraries, on 3 December 2008. Aruba Coghlan, leading figure in dance in Cork, kindly donated over 500 books, journals and programmes on dance to Cork City Libraries. The event was marked by a ballet performance by nine of Aruba’s senior dancers.

Aruba Coghlan
Pictured with the Lord Mayor are City Librarian Liam Ronayne, Aruba Coghlan and her mother, and Aruba's husband Dr Sean Pettit

LibraryLink service to housebound wins Excellence in Local Government award

LibraryLink service to housebound wins Excellence in Local Government award
LibraryLink Staff receiving award 
Library Link staff Library Assistant Gerda Ryan, Executive Librarian Sineád Feely, Library Driver–Attendant John O'Sullivan

Chambers Ireland, in association with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, presented Cork City Council with an Excellence in Local Government award at a ceremony in Dublin on 6 Nov. 2008.  The award was made for the LibraryLink services to housebound library users. Councillor Dara Murphy accepted the trophy on behalf of Cork City Council / Cork City Libraries. Councillor Murphy was accompanied at the ceremony by Director of Services Valerie O’Sullivan, Executive Librarian Sinéad Feely, and library staff John O’Sullivan and Gerda Ryan.

Further information about the LibraryLink service for housebound library users is available in Special Services and  News Archive.

Members of Cork City Council receiving award for Housebound Library Service 
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD, Councillor Dara Murphy holding the award trophy, Chambers Ireland President David Pierce, Director of Services (Recreation, Amenities, and Culture) Valerie O’Sullivan, and Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly

Cork Local Music Archive

Cork Local Music Archive
Cork City Libraries are developing the Local Music Archive. This archive will collect two copies of recordings by Cork singers, musicians, groups, choirs, quartets, bands and orchestras across all genres of music: pop, rock, indie, jazz, traditional, classical, operatic, etc. plus 2 copies of music books and scores of Cork interest. We would be grateful if any individual, musician, group or music shop would alert us to any new material by Cork artists.

In addition, the Local Music Archive will collect material by Cork artists which has already been released in an effort to make the archive as comprehensive as possible.

Please contact any of the following:

Images on Library Catalogue

Images on Library Catalogue
You can now view hundreds of online images, mainly about Cork, by searching our Catalogue (blue tab above).  If you want to see images from, for instance, our copies of the Illustrated London News (1843-1885) or from the Irish Builder (1867-84), enter that journal name in the Author field of the Catalogue.  Similarly, you can search in the catalogue’s Subject field for ‘Cork pictorial works' or other subject headings to find a wider range of images.

Some of these images are also searchable on our website, with accompanying textual information compiled by Local Studies Librarian Kieran Burke.  While a greater number of images can be found by searching the Catalogue, these do not have accompanying textual information as in the Cork Past and Present website.  

Our digital images should be useful for school projects, for historians, and for others with an interest in Cork city and surrounding areas.  If you would like to contribute images to this catalogue (by loan or donation of images), please contact us at

finbarres    kilmalooda     collins     aerial     gougaune

Click on any of these thumbnails to view samples of images added to Catalogue.

Irish Times Digital Archive Online

Irish Times Digital Archive Online
The Irish Times digital archive is now available at Cork City Libraries free of charge. The service can be accessed at any public library or school in Ireland. The archive contains the entire Irish Times from its first edition in 1859 to the present. For further information click on


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Biography of Cork-born writer Ethel Lilian Boole (Voynich)

Biography of Cork-born writer Ethel Lilian Boole (Voynich)
Our Friend Ethel Lilian Boole/Voynich by E. Taratuta.  Translated by Séamus Ó Coigligh.  2008. 
Boole VoynichCork-born writer, musician, and revolutionary, Ethel Lilian Boole, who died in 1960, was the youngest daughter of George Boole, mathematics professor at Queen’s College (now University College), Cork.  Her first novel, The Gadfly, published in 1897 under her Polish husband’s surname Voynich, was immediately popular in America and Britain before millions of copies in translation were sold east of the Iron Curtain.  Séamus Ó Coigligh, retired curator of Cork Public Museum, translated Evgenia Taratuta’s Russian booklet (1957) on the life and work of Ethel Lilian Boole/Voynich.   Coinciding with the translator’s ninety-second birthday in 2008, Cork City Libraries made Séamus Ó Coigligh’s translation with his additional notes available digitally through the library’s online catalogue.  

Download PDF of Our Friend Ethel Lilian Boole/Voynich

New service at Cork City Libraries: feature films to borrow

New service at Cork City Libraries: feature films to borrow
dvd titlesMembers of Cork City Libraries are now able to borrow feature films and documentaries on DVD.

Films available include classic films from the black and white era, such well known Hollywood greats as The Grapes of wrath, Hitchcock's The Birds, Citizen Kane and the wartime romantic classic Brief Encounter.

You can also borrow the best of cinema from around the world, Italian, Spanish, French, German and other masterpieces such as Fellini's Amarcord, Almodovar's Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown, or Bergman's Wild Strawberries.

Irish movies are not forgotten either, for example The Quiet Man, Ryan's Daughter, The Butcher Boy, My left foot and many, many more.

The DVDs are now available in the Central Library, Grand Parade, Cork, and will be available in the new Bishopstown Library when it opens in November. To borrow these films on DVD you just need to be a member of Cork City Libraries. Adult members may borrow up to 6 items (if you wish 6 DVDs).

See also our section about Film.

IMPAC Award 2008

IMPAC Award 2008
IMPAC logoDe Niro's Game
by Rawi Hage (Lebanese) is the winner of this year's International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The shortlist for the awars was selected from 137 titles nominated by 162 public libraries representing 122 cities in 45 countries worldwide.
The full shortlist was:
The Speed of Light - Javier Cercas (Spanish) in translation
The Sweet and Simple Kind - Yasmine Gooneratne (Sri Lankan)
De Niro's Game - Rawi Hage (Lebanese)
Dreams of Speaking - Gail Jones (Australian)
Let it be Morning - Sayed Kashua (Israeli)
The Attack - Yasmina Khadra (Algerian) in translation
The Woman who Waited - Andrei Makine (Russian) in translation
Winterwood - Patrick McCabe (Irish)
If you are interested in these or any of the novels on the original list please enquire at any branch of Cork City Libraries.