It’d bring a tear to a glass eye.
Cork’s streets are looking as sharp and modern as any other European city these days, but many of the elegant buildings, plazas and bridges that give it its charm haven’t actually changed much at all in the past 100 years or so.
The Instagram account Old Photos of Cork has been collecting gorgeous images of the city in days gone by.
Here are 12 of our favourites to transport you back to a simpler time when you could ice skate on The Lough and buy holly and ivy from a shawlie near the fountain.
Listening to the Neil Prendeville Show on @corksredfm about the Dunscombe Fountain which has been lost since 1984! Situated at the bottom of Shandon Street, the fountain was donated by the Dunscombe merchant family in the 17th century making it one of the cities oldest and well known landmarks. The women pictured were known as “shawlies” and sold holly, ivy and clothes at the fountain. Do you know anything about the fountains fate or location ? #OldPhotosOfCork #DunscombeFountain #ShandonStreet #NeilPrendeville #RedFm
An photo taken from the old Camden Hotel now @cork_english_college looking down on Patrick’s Bridge and Street c.1950s. In the left background is the old buildings on Merchants Quay, which were demolished in the 1980s and replaced with the current shopping centre. #OldPhotosOfCork #CamdenHotel #PatricksBridge #MerchantsQuay #CorkCity
Shoppers in the English Market from the Princes’ Street entrance circa 1950’s. It’s name came in the 19th century to distinguish it from the “Irish Market” of St Peters Market (now the Bodega). There has been a market on this site since 1788 but the current buildings dating back to 1862. It has always been known for its great choice, fresh produce and of course unique Cork characters! #OldPhotosOfCork #CorkCity #EnglishMarket #DiscoverCork