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Pure Cork by Michael Lenihan

Pure Cork

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Pure Cork by Michael Lenihan

Paperback edition of best-selling 2011 book. Cork today is a prosperous and international city, recently voted one of the top ten cities in the world by Lonely Planet, visited by thousands every year and loved by its inhabitants. From a medieval walled town to a bustling port and now a modern, thriving city, Cork's landscape has changed enormously in the last 300 years. This unique collection of Cork memorabilia visually captures Cork's evolution in a selection of advertisments, maps, sketches, postcards and photographs which has taken many years to collect. From horse transport to the early motor car, trams to buses, steam locomotives to ships, people, buildings and streetscapes, this compilation of rare photographs and contemporary documents combines to illustrate the intruiging social and historical development of the city. The author's enthusiasm for his city is reflected throughout this stunning book and is indeed 'Pure Cork' boy!


'Pure Cork is Pure Magic - superb rare photographs'
The Opinion

'Will delight anyone with an interest in all things to do with the Rebel City - a pure joy'
The Evening Echo

'A fascinating collection'
The Vale Star

'One of the best books I have seen on the history of Cork'
Neil Prenderville, 96fm

'Features incredible unseen images'
Cork Independent

'A nostalgia feast'
The Irish Sun

'Reawakened the populace of Cork to the rich lore of history on which the city and county has been built'
The Cork News

'Offers a fresh insight into how the past shapes the present and guides the future'
The Irish Examiner

About the Author

Michael Lenihan is a native of Cork who lives and works in the city. An avid collector of Cork memorabilia, he owns a large library of Cork books, photographs, postcards and maps which have taken over forty years to amass. His previous book, 'Hidden Cork' was published in 2009.

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Publication date

1st March 2012


Michael Lenihan

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The Mercier Press Ltd


288 pages




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