Cork City Hall

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Cork City Hall
Halla na Cathrach, Corcaigh
Cork City Hall01 2009-04-30.jpg
Cork City Hall, as viewed from Lapp's Quay
General information
Address Albert Quay
Town or city Cork
Country Ireland
Coordinates 51°53′50″N 8°27′55″W / 51.8971°N 8.4654°W / 51.8971; -8.4654Coordinates: 51°53′50″N 8°27′55″W / 51.8971°N 8.4654°W / 51.8971; -8.4654
Construction started 1932
Completed 1936
Design and construction
Main contractor John Sisk & Son

Cork City Hall (Irish: Halla na Cathrach, Corcaigh) is a civic building in Cork, Ireland which houses the administrative headquarters of Cork City Council.

The original Cork City Hall was destroyed on 11 December 1920 by the Black and Tans during the Irish War of Independence in an event known as the "Burning of Cork".[1]

Following a design competition, designs by Alfred Jones and Stephen Kelly (Jones and Kelly architects, based in Dublin) were selected, and the construction contract for the replacement civic buildings awarded to John Sisk & Son.[2][3] The foundation stone of the new City Hall building was laid by Éamon de Valera on the 9 July 1932. The cost of this new building was provided by the British Government in the 1930s as a gesture of reconciliation.[4] On 24 April 1935, Cork Corporation held a meeting in the new hall for the first time. The City Hall was officially opened by de Valera on the 8 September 1936.[5]

The building is faced with dressed limestone quarried in Little Island and incorporates a concert hall. A major extension to City Hall was opened in 2007.[6]


  1. ^ "Cork City Library – History of Cork – The Burning of Cork". 11 December 1920.
  2. ^ "Cork, Albert Quay, City Hall (new)". Dictionary of Irish Architects. Irish Architectural Archive. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  3. ^ "City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork City, Cork City". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Cork City Hall". City Mayors. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  5. ^ "City Hall, Cork". Cork Past and Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Cork City Council Civic Offices - 2007 (ABK Architects)". Retrieved 8 September 2015.