Grand Parade, Cork

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Grand Parade
Grand Parade, Cork city, Ireland.jpg
Grand Parade looking north in 2017
Location Cork, Ireland
South Mall, St. Patrick's Street

Grand Parade (Sráid an Chapaill Bhuí in Irish), is one of the main streets of Cork city, Ireland. It runs from South Mall in the south to St. Patrick's Street/Daunt Square in the north, with intersections with Oliver Plunkett Street, Tuckey Street, Washington Street, Augustine Street and a number of pedestrian-only lanes in between. The Irish name of the street, Sráid an Chapaill Bhuí, comes from a time when there was a statue of King George II on horse-back at the junction with South Mall. The location of this statue is now occupied by the national monument.[1]


View of the Grand Parade c.1890s

Grand Parade was originally a channel of the River Lee. The original Hiberno-Norse settlement of Cork grew up on its west bank.

The river channel existed until at least 1690, when it is shown on a map of Cork. At this time, the east bank was still largely undeveloped, with only a bowling green shown in the area.

By 1726, buildings had developed on the east bank, but the river channel remained in place. In a 1774 map, the northern portion of the street between Oliver Plunkett Street and Daunt Square had been reclaimed, but the southern portion was still a dock. Finally, by 1801, the river channel had completely disappeared and the street was fully present.[1]


The National Monument on the south end of the street in 2017

As of 2010, some members of the Cork City Council had "raised concerns about the shabby state of several city centre sites" on Grand Parade - including the former Capitol Cinema site.[2] From 2016, these sites have seen renewed development and investment.[3]

The street retains a number of commercial properties, with retail being most common at the northern end of the street and offices more common at the southern end close to the South Mall. It has an entrance to the English Market on its eastern side. Other features on the street include Cork's main library and Bishop Lucey Park, both of which are on the western side of the street, and the mid-19th century Berwick Fountain - which was originally in the centre of the street, but which was moved to the western side during later refurbishment works. It was commissioned by Judge Walter Berwick, on the occasion of his departure from Cork, "in rememberance(sic) of the great kindness shown to him by all classes in [Cork]".[4][5]

In December 2015, planning permission was granted for the redevelopment of the former Capitol Cinema site,[6] and demolition began in April 2016.[7] This included the demolition of the Capitol Cinema building and adjacent Central Shoe Store, as well as some stores located behind, allowing for a 100,000sq foot building stretching from Grand Parade to St Patrick's Street. It was announced in March 2017 that tenants would include Lifestyle Sports, Homesense, Facebook, AlienVault and Huawei, the building, named 'The Capitol' opened in June 2017.[8]

Popular culture[edit]

The Grand Parade is the name of an album by Cork band The Frank and Walters.


  1. ^ a b "Grand Parade". Cork Past and Present. Cork City Library. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Banks stalling development of city sites, claims manager". Irish Examiner. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Latest addition to Cork city centre is simply Capitol". Irish Examiner. 13 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Berwick Fountain". Cork Past and Present. Cork City Library. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Berwick Fountain, Grand Parade, Cork City, Cork City". Buildings of Ireland. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Barry Roche (18 December 2015). "Planning for Cork’s Capitol cinema redevelopment approved". Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Justin Comiskey (20 April 2016). "Work begins on Cork’s Capitol cinema site". Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Kevin O'Neill (25 March 2017). "Lifestyle Sports, Facebook and Huawei among The Capitol's tenants". Retrieved 10 April 2017.