The Irish Builder

The Irish Builder is one of the most important trade journals from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Ireland. It began life in 1859 under the name The Dublin Builder. It changed its name to The Irish Builder in 1867 to reflect its more extensive coverage of national issues.

It is recognized as one of the most informative of all trade journals. The issues dealt with in the journal ranged beyond the building industry: as well as being an invaluable store of information on building and architecture in Ireland, it carried reports on social issues, cultural activities, and reports of learned societies.

Cork City Libraries hold copies of The Irish Builder from 1867 to 1884. In this section you will find articles of Cork interest, published in the Irish Builder between 1867 and 1884. The articles are reproduced as closely as possible to the originals in terms of layout and font size. On the right-hand menu you can slect the year you wish to browse and you will be presented with a list of article titles, along with images from the relevant year. Each entry in the list is a link to a PDF version of the artic le.


Some buildings or areas of interest occur year after year in The Irish Builder. To make it easier to find topics of interest in multiple years, we have highlighted some topics together with links to the years they appear in the journal:-

Anglesea Bridge: 1880, 1881, 1882

Convent Chapel, Bantry: 1877, 1878

Cork Cuvieran Society: 1867, 1868, 1869, 1870

Cork School of Art: 1869, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884

Crosshaven Church: 1869, 1870

Monkstown Church: 1867, 1883

New Post Office, Cork: 1876, 1879

St. Finbarr's Cathedral: 1867, 1868, 1871, 1876, 1882, 1883

Skibbereen Chapel: 1867, 1868

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