Cork: City and County Frank Keohane

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Ireland
Publication date:
10 Mar 2020
Yale University Press
768 pages: 216 x 114mm
126 color + 75 b-w illus.
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This authoritative guide to the architecture of County Cork covers all sites and buildings of merit, great and small

Comprehensive and easy to use, this guide covers the architectural riches of Ireland’s largest county. The many atmospheric castles and tower houses include Carrigadrohid, Lohort, and Kanturk; among later country houses, Kilshannig and Fota represent Irish Georgian architecture at its best. Coastal towns such as Kinsale and Youghal are built on Viking and Norman foundations. Many of the architectural highlights are in the city of Cork, where the Georgian streets and quays are diversified by grand neoclassical public buildings, presided over by the Gothic Revival masterpiece of St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral. The strategic importance of Cork harbor is reflected in its diverse fortifications, especially those of the Stuart, Hanoverian, and Victorian periods.

Frank Keohane is an architectural historian and Chartered Building Surveyor based in Dublin.

“Frank Keohane…has done a magnificent job with this new work, and to read his introduction and browse the gazetteer is to have one’s eyes opened to a wealth of architectural treasures one had perhaps not realised Cork and its environs…contained.”—Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph

“Few pleasures can compare with a passionate expert describing their work and Frank Keohane constructs an engaging and idiosyncratic picture...He haunts not just the city, but many one-street villages, churchyards, out-of-the-way places and overgrown ruins, coming across oddities and unlocking mysteries with stimulating detail.”—Paul Clements, Irish Times Weekend

“A great piece of work. It is the most up-to-date reference for serious researchers and is equally important for those with an interest in architecture.”— Neil Hegarty, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Journal

“This authoritative guide to the architecture of County Cork covers all sites and buildings of merit, great and small.”—Bryan Smyth,

“A comprehensive and easy-to-use guide”—Irish Examiner


“[A] formidably impressive work of reference that will inform and educate Irish and international readers for many decades to come.”—Richard J. Butler, Rural History

“This really is a commendable endeavour…[T]he great delight lies in discovery; even those who think themselves familiar with their locale will learn something new.”—Robert Byrne, Apollo Magazine

Cork: City and one of the Pevsner Architectural Guides (Buildings of Ireland)...These are comprehensive volumes, serious studies...This is the kind of book that Cork needs, because nothing is more crucial to acknowledging heritage than cataloguing it; by establishing exactly what it is, we have a better chance of preserving it.”—Michael Moynihan, Irish Examiner

“Frank Keohane’s prose is lively, descriptive and opinionated, evoking the rich architectural heritage of Co Cork...The author’s extensive research, entailing fieldwork over almost a decade, reveals forgotten treasures, but also a sense of what is lost.”—Louise Cotter, Irish Arts Review

“[Keohane] has proved equal to the exacting standard set by Nikolaus Pevsner over half a century ago...The content is laid out methodically, the style of the writing is clear, and the use of overly-technical jargon is avoided...Many of the plans and elevations are by Keohane himself, which adds to the value of this excellent publication.”—Peter Murray, Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society