Cork's Main Streets

Touring Cork city through stories! Explore audio from the Cork Folklore Project oral history archive.

History

North and South Main Streets are the historic main streets of medieval Cork, a city built on small islands in the middle of the River Lee.

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Where one street ends…

Where do you think South Main Street ends and North Main Street begins?

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Shops

Lots of contributors to the Cork’s Main Streets’ oral history collection talked about the shops of the past, and the ones that are still there today.
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Decline

Over the past two decades, North and South Main Streets have witnessed a marked decline; the footpaths are quiet, several buildings are not being maintained and many remaining traders are struggling.

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The future?

To survive for the future, North and South Main Streets need to reinvent themselves.

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Mapping oral histories

For more stories of North and South Main Streets, scroll down to explore our oral history map!
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Acknowledgements

Many thanks to all involved in this project.
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