Love from Cork: Postcards of the City and County


Postcards conveying people's messages and interests were the Twitter, Facebook and email in pre-internet Ireland. Millions were thrown away but not all. Based on private collections Love from Cork portrays the city and county of Cork through a century of Irish and European picture postcards (1900-2000). In addition to the postcards there are transcriptions of all the written details on the cards. Interspersed among these are extracts from the rich literary heritage of this part of southwest Ireland: William Trevor, Frank O'Connor, Elizabeth Bowen, Sean O'Faolain, Peter Somerville-Large, Mary Leland, and others. Also included are writers such as James Joyce who set a significant episode of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in Cork city, Benedict Kiely, and Robert Lloyd Praeger. Even Queen Victoria features a little excerpt from her private journal giving her first impressions of Cork's harbour and the Cove of Cork - renamed Queenstown in her honour. There has never been a book on the postcards of Cork, covering the city and county from Allihies to Youghal, from Clonakilty to Charleville and just about everywhere in between. This is a finely wrought homage to the author's native county, an absorbing collection inviting one to explore Ireland's largest county in a bygone era

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Cork, Crosshaven, Queenstown, Allihies, Youghal, Clonakilty, Charleville