Memories and unique stories recorded

SOME of Cork’s best- known figures have spoken of their sense of place and belonging as part of a new book.

Fr James Good, the late Charlie Hennessy, the former principal of St Angela’s College Rosalie Moloney, politician Mairín Quill, Professor John A Murphy, and Maighréad Ó Murchadha, wife of the late sculptor Séamus Murphy, have all contributed to the book, Chronicles of Cork: An Oral Record.

Edited by Jane O’Hea O’Keeffe, it is dedicated to the late Susie Crosbie, a former librarian with the Irish Examiner.

“Our own personal geographies, combined with our individual and unique histories, form the building blocks of the people we become. In these chronicles, Cork is the keystone,” Ms O’Hea O’Keeffe said.

She said the people featured in the book provided vivid memories of events in their lives which “stand out in high relief on a personal inner map of Cork city and beyond”.

“A sense of place and belonging, formed and shaped by memory, is fundamental to our well-being,” she said.

“Without it we are surely lost. For the men and women whose voices may be heard in the book, this sense of place is an unbreakable thread, red and white in colour, and robustly stitched into their unique and personal histories.”

Ms O’Hea O’Keeffe spent the last three years researching the book and recording interviews with her subjects, as part of her Irish Life and Lore series.

They each give fascinating insights into their childhood, their early careers, the challenges and triumphs each faced and overcame and their musings and reflections on life today.

The book can be bought online through


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