Reference and Local Studies is a specialist department in the County Library. It answers requests daily for information on a wide range of topics, mainly local studies, genealogy and general reference queries. This department has an extensive collection of specialist reference works, encyclopaedias, almanacs, yearbooks, atlases and other reference tools. It is also the County Library's main repository for local history materials, including books, newspapers and maps.

Contact email address: localstudieslibrary@corkcoco.ie

Walking in the Footsteps of Your Ancestors Booklets

 

With advance booking we can assist you with your research when you come to use Family History resources. Please contact localstudieslibrary@corkcoco.ie or phone 021 4285640.

A very helpful guide to the subject called Walking in the Footsteps of Your Ancestors; a beginner's guide to family history in Cork has been compiled by the Local Studies library. The online version of this book can be accessed by clicking on this link above. We hope researchers will find this useful.

Irish Newspapers Archive Online

 

The Cork County Library Newspaper Archive is located in the Reference and Local Studies Library on Floor 2 of the County Library Building on the Carrigrohane Road. The bulk of the collection is stored on microfilm. To access items held on microfilm, it is advisable to pre-book a microfilm reader. Bookings can be made well in advance of an anticipated visit.

 

For a list of the newspaper titles held in our Newspaper Archive, see Newspaper Archive Holdings below:

 

 

 

Newspaper Title

 

Dates of Holdings

 

Format

 

Avondhu

 

 

From 1995 (ongoing).

 

Bound

 

Carrigdhoun Weekly

 

 

March 1993 to March 1995; January 1996 to December 1997.

 

Bound

Celtic Times (copy)

 

 

February to December 1887.

 

 

Bound

Constitution or Cork Morning Post

 

 

 

Jan 1912 - July 1922 13th December 1822 to 30th June 1823; 2nd July 1823 to 31st December 1823; 2nd January 1824 to 31st December 1824.

 

 

Microfilm and bound

 

Cork Daily Advertiser

 

 

October 1836 to 21st January 1837.

 

Microfilm

 

 

Cork Evening Herald

 

 

 

9th September 1833 to 7th October 1836.

 

Microfilm

 

Cork Examiner (now Irish Examiner)

 

 

 

From 30th August 1841 (ongoing).

 

 

Microfilm

 

Cork Gazette and General Advertiser

 

 

 

1795.

 

 

Microfilm

 

The Corkman

 

 

From 1995 (ongoing).

 

Bound

 

 

Cork Merchantile Chronicle

 

 

 

1801 to 1818; 1823; 1825 to 1828; 1832 to 1835.

 

Microfilm

 

Cork Sentinel

 

 

19th January 1831 to 3rd September 1831.

 

Microfilm

 

Cork Sportsman

 

 

30th May 1908 to 9th October 1911.

 

Microfilm

 

Cork Standard

 

 

1837.

 

Microfilm

 

Cork Sun

 

 

18th April 1903 to 1905.

 

Microfilm

 

Cork Total Abstainer

 

 

1841.

 

Book/Cork Coll.

 

Cork Weekly Times

 

 

4th October 1833 to 26th September 1834.

 

Microfilm

 

Dublin Evening Post

 

 

1828 to 1830; 1851 to 1853.

 

Bound

 

Fáinne an Lae

 

 

1898 to 1899.

 

Bound

 

 

Freeman's Journal

 

 

 

 

 

4th December 1792 to 3rd April 1798; 1st January 1848 to 17th March 1851; 20th December 1890 to 17th February 1892; 17th December 1919 to 7th January 1922.

 

 

Microfilm

 

 

The Guardian (London)

 

 

 

1878.

 

Bound

 

 

Hibernian Chronicle (Cork)

 

 

 

1769 to 1800.

 

Microfilm

 

Illustrated London News

 

 

 

January to June 1848; 1849; July 1850 to June 1851; January to June 1853; July 1855 to June 1856; 1858 to 1859; January to June 1877.

 

 

Bound

Imokilly People

 

 

January 1993 to April 1995; February 1998 to October 1999; From September 2002 (ongoing).

 

 

Bound

 

Inside Cork

 

 

1999.

 

Bound

 

Irish Freedom

 

 

November 1910 to December 1914 (incomplete).

 

Bound

 

Irishman

 

 

July 1859 to June 1864; 1877.

 

Bound

 

The Irish Times

 

 

From 30th march 1859 (ongoing).

 

Microfilm

 

Limerick Chronicle

 

 

1831.

 

Bound

 

Morning Register (Dublin)

 

 

 

23rd January 1833 to 31st December 1833.

 

 

Bound

 

Munster Advertiser

 

 

20th April 1839 to 8th May 1841.

 

Microfilm

 

Muskerry Leader

 

 

September 1987 to 3rd February 1989; May 1992 to 2000.

 

Bound

 

 

The Nation

 

 

 

 

October 1843 to 1847 (incomplete); 1849 to 1850; 31st August 1850 to 23rd August 1851; 1854 to 1856 (incomplete); September 1857 to August 1858; 1858 to 1859; November 1865 to August 1867; 1875; 1879.

 

Bound

 

The New Era

 

 

1899.

 

Bound

 

The Patriot (Dublin)

 

 

August 1821 to July 1822.

 

Bound

 

People's Press and Cork Weekly

 

 

20th September 1834 to 10th February 1836.

 

Microfilm

 

Province of Munster

 

 

27th January 1849 to 29th December 1849.

 

Microfilm

 

Sinn Féin

 

 

22 June 1912 to 29 November 1913.

 

Microfilm

 

 

Skibbereen and West Carbery Eagle; later West Cork Eagle and County Advertiser; later Eagle and Cork County Advertiser; later Cork County Eagle and Munster Advertiser

 

 

7th September 1861 to 8th July 1922; August 1927 to December 1928.

 

Microfilm

 

Southern Cross (Buenos Aires)

 

 

1997 to 1998.

 

Bound

 

Southern Patriot (Mallow)

 

 

10th February 1844 to 13th March 1844.

 

 

Microfilm

 

Southside News (Cork)

 

 

1996 to 1998.

 

Bound

 

 

Southern Reporter (Cork)

 

 

 

1817 to 1819; 1823 (bound vol.); 1824; 1826 to 1827; 1830 to 1836; 1847.

 

Microfilm

 

Southern Star (Skibbereen)

 

 

June 1921 to 1935; From 1978 (ongoing).

 

Microfilm

 

United Ireland (Ireland)

 

 

August 1893 to July 1895.

 

Bound

 

Vale Star (Mallow)

 

 

From 26th September 1991 (ongoing).

 

Bound

 

Weekly Freeman (Dublin)

 

 

October 1883 to February 1884.

 

Microfilm

 

The West Cork People

 

 

29 Jul-30 Dec 1905, 1906, 1907, 4 Jan–25 Jul 1908

 

Microfilm

 

The Youghal Tribune

 

 

1940 - 1957

 

Microfilm

 

Brian Gurrin-Pre-Census Sources Book Cover

Please visit www.corklocalstudies.ie for further information about Cork local history and to view our local digital collection.