We’re going through changes.
With new developments happening all over the city, including upcoming infrastructure projects that will transform the way we commute, it’s only natural that we take a nostalgic look back at how things used to be.
Photographer Joe Healy has been documenting the changing face of our Leeside home for decades and his photos are highlighting some incredible shifts in the make-up of the city.
Changing face of Cork – Top photo from 1986 shows the culverting of Carrol’s Quay and the Kiln watercourse for the construction of the N20.
This area, including nearby Knapp’s Square and John’s Street, was once home to sawmills, grain mills, butter factories and candle makers. pic.twitter.com/dzxyKgfLi5
— Joe Healy (@JTPHealy) June 28, 2022
These photos from the 1980s show a city that is a faint memory for many, or completely alien to others, with some asking if such changes were worth what we’ve lost.
“I remember that part of the city from when I was a kid. I know change is constant but I can’t help feeling we’ve lost something looking at it now,” said Ronnie on Twitter.
“I never knew that, my God it was beautiful and it now seems like such a shame. I appreciate the traffic would be a lot worse nowadays without that road, but how much prettier and welcoming would it be? I’m now missing something I’ve never known or been aware [sic] of until today,” said Jon.
Another almost unrecognisable spot in Cork is Bishop Lucey Park, sans Nano Nagle bridge. What is now a footpath and boardwalk that runs along the river, was once a green area filled with trees and benches.
Taken from the Grand Parade #Cork in 1983 by the wonderful @JTPHealy – no sign of the Nano Nagle Bridge which was completed in early 1985 @NanoNaglePlace #LoveCork #PureCork #CorkLike #TimewarpCork @MTUgalleryat46 pic.twitter.com/CHd7rAyTM5
— IrishFamilyDetective 🇮🇪🇺🇦 (@Fiona_Forde_Irl) June 16, 2022
As the fight for Cork’s heritage continues, with some welcoming changes and more looking to preserve the historical quays, buildings and spaces, it’s wonderful to be reminded of what lies just beneath the surface and the transformations the city has undergone.