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Pre 1600 | 1600 - 1700 | 1700 - 1800 | 1800 - 1900 | 1900 - today

 

Passage West began life as a fishing village. It grew to port of national importance, ship-building centre of European importance and favoured holiday resort of the wealthy. In the last 100 years, the town suffered a reversal of fortune, poverty and dereliction. Now it is a busy and popular satellite to a burgeoning city hinterland.

 

Monkstown grew up from a small monastic settlement. It became the haunt of the wealthy, the main embarkation and disembarkation point of the military in Cork Harbour and to this day remains one of the prime residential locations in South Cork.

 

The tale of the growth of Passage West and Monkstown is a fascinating one and is summarised in this section of the Passage West/Monkstown website. Greater detail on individual items of interest within the towns can be read in the Places of Interest link. Material used in the compilation of these pages has been taken from the following references:

 

Henry & Coghlan’s General Directory of Cork (1867).

Hurse, A.E. (1927). Monkstown and Passage West, Co. Cork. Some notes, historical, archaeological and otherwise.

Lewis (1837). Topographical Directory of Ireland.

Murray, P. (2005). Maritime Paintings of Cork, 1700 - 2000. ISBN: 0-948037-22-9. Published: Gandon Editions for the Port of Cork and the Crawford Gallery.

O’Mahony, Colman (1986). The Maritime Gateway to Cork. A history of the outports of Passage West and Monkstown, 1754 – 1942. ISBN 0-902568-16-7. Publisher: Tower Books.

O’Mahony, Colman (undated). The Industrial Heritage of Passage West and Monkstown.

Pochin Mould, Daphne D.C. (1998). Captain Roberts of the Sirius. Engine power across the Atlantic. ISBN 0-951328-20-4. Cork Sirius Commemoration Committee.

Power, D. et al. (1994). Archaeological Inventory of County Cork. Volume II – East and South Cork. Office of Public Works. Publisher: The Stationery Office, Dublin.

Scoil Barra Naofa (1998|). Our Heritage – Monkstown. Compiled by the children, parents and teachers with the assistance of the local community. ISBN: 0-902568-30-2. Publisher: Tower Books; Shanaway Press.

Slater’s Commercial Directory of Ireland (1846).

Sweeney, A. (2005). A Penny for Your Thoughts: A Slice of life from Passage West. Printed: Carraig Print Ltd.

West (1810). Directory & Pictures of Cork & its Environs.

 

Additional references on Passage West and Monkstown include:

 

Creedon, C. (1992). The Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway and River Steamers 1850 – 1932. An Illustrated History. Printer: Quality Print.

Jenkins, Stanley C. (1993). The Cork, Blackrock & Passage Railway. ISBN: 0-853614-05-9. Publisher: The Oakwood Press.

Newham A.T.(1970). The Cork, Blackrock& Passage Railway. Publisher: The Oakwood Press.

Sweeney, A. (2006). A Passage in Time. An historic trip through the Harbour Town of Passage West in Co. Cork. ISBN-10: 0955800501. Printed: Carraig Print Ltd.

Sweeney, A. (2007). A history of Cork's Lower Harbour. Beyond the Cut and Cover. ISBN 987-0-9558005-1-1. Printed: Litho Press Ltd.

 

For the researcher looking for detailed information, it is worthwhile contacting the Cork City and County Archives at http://www.cork.ie/ourservices/rac/archives/index.shtml.

 

Images used in the History and Places of Interest sections of this website have been begged, borrowed and stolen. We are most grateful for the opportunity to use images from the following sources to illustrate the extraordinary story that is the history of the outports of Passage West and Monkstown:

 

Angela Sweeney collection

Murray, P. (2005). Maritime Paintings of Cork, 1700 - 2000. ISBN: 0-948037-22-9. Published: Gandon Editions for the Port of Cork and the Crawford Gallery.

O’Mahony, Colman (1986). The Maritime Gateway to Cork. A history of the outports of Passage West and Monkstown, 1754 – 1942. ISBN 0-902568-16-7. Publisher: Tower Books.

Pochin Mould, Daphne D.C. (1998). Captain Roberts of the Sirius. Engine power across the Atlantic. ISBN 0-951328-20-4. Cork Sirius Commemoration Committee.

Robert Bateman photography