Kieran’s Walking Tours/Events

Kieran’s next public tours will take place from early April 2023.

Saturday 1 April 2023, An Introduction to the development of Cork, meet at Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street 11.30am, in association with South Parish Learning Neighbourhood and fort activities on the day (free, duration: 30 minutes, no booking required).  

Saturday 1 April 2023, Shandon Historical Walking Tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy; explore Cork’s most historic quarter; meet at North Main Street/ Adelaide Street Square, opp Cork Volunteer Centre, 2pm, in association with the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival (free, duration: two hours, no booking required).  

Sunday 2 April 2023, The Cork City Workhouse, historical walking tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy; learn about Cork City’s workhouse created for 2,000 impoverished people in 1841; meet just inside the gates of St Finbarr’s Hospital, Douglas Road, 2pm, in association with the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival (free, two hours, on site tour, no booking required)

Saturday 15 April 2023, The Friar’s Walk; historical walking tour with Cllr Kieran McCarthy; Discover Red Abbey, Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street, Callanan’s Tower & Greenmount area; Meet at Red Abbey tower, off Douglas Street, 2pm (free, duration: two hours, no booking required).

-EXPLORE more self-guided tours here!

My website hosts a set of digital history trails including the audio trails on the Bridges of Cork and The Marina that can be followed by one’s armchair at home.

There are also brief historical walking trails of Cork’s City Centre, which cover some of the topics on my physical walking tours. EXPLORE more here: History Trails | Cork Heritage

– WATCH: Duncan speaks to Kieran

Cllr Kieran McCarthy speaks with Duncan Stewart on the history of Cork City and its intersection with the River Lee

Watch Kieran with Tom Scott on Cork’s Daly’s Bridge or The Shakey Bridge:

– WATCH: Kieran’s Talk on Bridges of Cork, in association with the Cork Harbour Fest, June 2021

– WATCH: The History and Rehabilitation of Daly’s Bridge (The Shakey Bridge) presented by Michael Minehane, Chartered Principal Engineer at RPS and Kieran McCarthy, noted local Cork historian , March 2021.

CLICK here to view the talk : The History & Rehabilitation of Daly’s (Shakey) Bridge, Cork City – YouTube

“As part of the Cork Regional 80th Anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to host this presentation on the history and refurbishment of the iconic “Shakey” Bridge which was originally built under the stewardship of the then City Engineer, SW Farrington, who was also the first Chair of the Cork Region of Engineers Ireland” says Ronan Keane, current Chair. The presentation will outline the social and economic context of the original construction, first opened in 1927, replacing an earlier ferry crossing at the same location. It remains the only suspension bridge in Cork City and is the only surviving bridge of its type in Ireland”.  

– CHECK out my local history websites for articles, virtual history trails, photographs, and resources for research at

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