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Cork, Irish Corcaigh (Marsh) county borough, seaport, and county town (seat) of County Cork, Ireland, at the head of Cork Harbour on the River Lee. The centre of the old city is an island in the Lee, and the original site was probably near the Cathedral of St. Fin Barr, whose 7th-century monastery attracted many students and votaries. Cork was raided and burned in 821, 846, and 1012 by Norsemen who eventually settled there and founded a trading centre on the banks of the Lee. The town was walled, and it was granted its first charter in 1172. It was subsequently held by the English for a long period. Cork supported Perkin Warbeck, the pretender to the English throne, when he visited Ireland in 1491�92. The city revolted in favour of Oliver Cromwell in 1649, and in 1690 it was taken by John Churchill, Earl of Marlborough, for William of Orange.

In 1919�20 Cork became a centre of Irish nationalist resistance to British military repression, and parts of the city were burned down by the British in retaliation for the ambush of a military convoy. Further devastation followed the conclusion of the Anglo-Irish treaty in 1921, when Irish Republican forces unwilling to accept the treaty held the city for a time.


Popular Surnames from County Cork

McCarthy, Callaghan, McAuliffe, Fitzgerald, Sullivan, Murphy, Walsh, Connor and Connell.

Archives and Libraries

Mallow Heritage Centre - North and East
27/28 Bank Place
Co Cork
Tel: + + 353 22 21778

Cork City Ancestral Project - Cork City Research
c/o County Library
Farranlea Road
Cork City
+ 353 (0) 21 5469

Boole Library
University College

Cork Archives Institute
S. Main Street

Cork Central Library
Grand Parade

Cork County Library
Farranlea Road

Cork Genealogical Society
4 Evergreen Villas
Evergreen Road


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