Cork City

Services and Programmes


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Works on paper: the craft of biography and autobiography
Holroyd, Michael
(Counterpoint, 2002) 

A collection of essays on the craft of biography and autobiography – Holroyd examines several contemporary biographers and discusses his own experiences of writing about Shaw, Augustus John and others.



Jack Lynch: a biography
Keogh, Dermot
(Gill & Macmillan, 2008)

Keogh’s comprehensive and thorough biography of Jack Lynch is the result of exhaustive work from archives of the period in Ireland and abroad.


A biographical dictionary of Cork
Cadogan, Tim & Jeremiah Falvey
(Four Courts Press, 2006)

Cork natives Falvey and Cadogan, profile people from all walks of life in Cork city and county who achieved a degree of noteworthiness in the areas of politics, history, sport, literature etc. There are over 1,600 entries.


Christy Ring
Horgan, Tim
(Collins, 2007)

A lively and affectionate account of one of the greatest hurlers of all time, Tim Horgan traces Ring’s brilliant career with due regard and respect.


Joan Denise Moriarty: founder of the Irish National Ballet
Fleischmann, Ruth (ed.)
(Mercier, 1998)

The biography of Joan Denise Moriarty, the Irish ballerina who founded the first professional ballet company in Ireland. She choreographed over a hundred original works fusing the folk style of Irish dance and that of classical ballet.


Elizabeth Bowen: portrait of a writer
Glendenning, Victoria
(Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1977) 

In this detailed biography, Victoria Glendinning brings alive the great Anglo-Irish novelist and celebrates her considerable literary achievements, exciting life during World War 2 and complex emotional life.


Life that is exile: Daniel Corkery and the search for Irish Ireland
Maume, Patrick
(QUB, 1993)

Drawing on much new material, including Corkery's private papers and previously undiscovered journal articles, this book gives an account of his early career and his involvement in the Irish Ireland movement.


Voices: a life of Frank O’Connor
Matthews, James
(Gill & Macmillan, 1993) 

A scholarly critique of the life and work of Frank O’Connor


Vive moi: an autobiography
Sean O’Faolain
(Rupert Hart-Davis, 1965, rev. ed. 1993) 

A complex and revealing memoir from one of Ireland’s greatest writers.


A strange eventful history: the dramatic lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families
Holroyd, Michael
(Chatto & Windus, 2008)

Holroyd evokes the mysterious world of theVictorian and Edwardian theatre in this captivating biography of two theatrical dynasties.