Cork still manages to throw up a surprise or two…
I had mentally filed away that the Carnegie Library in Cork was on Anglesea Street and was a victim of The Burning of Cork in December 1920. It was built only 15 years previously.
On my travels, I have spotted Carnegie Libraries in Millstreet and Skerries. There are many others but those two both are nice buildings, particularly Skerries – much more so that the Cork City Fire Station building that now occupies what I understand to be where the part of the Carnegie Library stood – from the photograph, it appears to be on part of the new Civic Offices and the Fire Station (see December).
Both Millstreet and Skerries have plaques to record the Carnegie Library but I have not seen any record on Anglesea Street or elsewhere in Cork.
Earlier this month, I was taking a scove. Down Tuckey Street, I looked to my left and spotted engraving on top of the pillars that I had not observed before. Maybe it was the light because I had photographed on the access road previously (You’re in Cork Now Like) – or maybe the new glasses are an improvement.
I think these pillars hold the gates to the rear of the City Library – which would make sense.
As they had remained unseen by these eyes for so long, they have now gone on to my ‘Hidden Gems’ list.
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