Saint Patrick’s Cross and Relic

Parishioners attending the Midday Mass were shocked this morning (Sunday, 17th. February) to learn that the Cross containing a Relic of Saint Patrick has gone missing, presumed stolen.

The brass cross, in a locked steel cabinet, and imbedded in a pillar to the right hand side of the main altar, held a bone fragment believed to be that of Saint Patrick.

stpatscrossThe cross had been donated to Saint Patrick’s Church by the late Leslie Bean De Barra, wife of General Tom Barry and has been in this position for at least 40 years.

The Priests and Parishioners are praying that this Cross be returned to Saint Patrick’s Church soon, and in this regard any information regarding the Cross can be passed on by simply phoning the Parish Office at 021 4518191 or the Duty Telephone at 087 8252284


Welcome to the website for The Lower Glanmire Road, Cork City, Ireland.

I’d like to hear from you if you have a connection with the Lower Road.

Please contact me by e-mail or mobile telephone.

t: +353 (0)86 601 1928

My aim is to collect more information about the Lower Road. I will add a section shortly where you can submit your stories about people past & present. I would also like to hear what you think we should put up here in digital format for the whole world to consume. Maybe connect with people who used to live on the Lower Road. Links to existing businesses, etc.

Have you got any old photographs that you would like to share with your neighbours? Do you have some information or stories to share about The Lower Glanmire Road?

I hope to be able to use a range of media to bring the stories of The Lower Glanmire Road to life with your help.

Thank you.
Ken Forde

1963 Cork Veteran Run

1963 Cork Veteran Run – We’re looking a your assistance in finding details on these pictures from the 1963 Cork Veteran Run – can you help???

Thanks to Robert Swan And William Cuddy who have supplied a few details on the pictures – and to Alan Cavanagh for supplying the photographs. More info & pics here.

The Last Days of the Cork Docklands

The Last Days of the Cork Docklands

The Last Days of the Cork DocklandsThe Docklands have played a central part in Cork’s trading history and, being located in the heart of the city, feature greatly in the lives and memories of the local residents. The book is a visual record of the dockers and stevedores who work the wharfs, the business operators, and the sporting clubs, such as the rowers and the American football players, which use the waterways and fields for recreation.

The photographs have been taken over a year and are a mixture of black and white and colour images. The book is large format containing landscapes, architectural close-ups and detailed studies, but with an emphasis on portraits.

Patrick Cummins is freelance photographer who trained in the Crawford College of Art and Design. He is two times winner in the Australian Nikon Press Photographer Awards.

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Buy This Book

Hardback edition – 2008
Price: €25.00 ( £19.95* $39.00* )
Printed Pages: 192
Size: 280 X 240 mm

Water Street Bridge

Eastern Gateway Bridge, Water Street Bridge and Spine Route Network

An application by Cork City Council’s Roads and Transportation Directorate for the following development was made to An Bord Pleanala under Section 51 of the Roads Act 1993 as amended by Section 9 (1) (e) of the Roads Act 2007 and by the Planning and Development Acts 2000–2006.

  •  The construction of the Eastern Gateway Bridge and associated road network;
  • The construction of the Water Street Bridge and associated road network;
  • The raising and upgrading of Centre Park Road;
  • The raising and upgrading of Monahan’s Road;
  • Other related minor access roads

An Bord Pleanala held an oral hearing into the planning application and the C.P.O. of associated lands during 2008 and 2009 and a decision to grant planning permission was made in April 2010.

The Eastern Gateway Bridge is a proposed swing bridge and has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre bridge Architects and Arup Consulting Engineers. It is an iconic type structure with a single suspension cable support reflecting its important location at the entrance to the city.

Eastern Gateway Bridge

Water Street Bridge is a Bascule-type lifting bridge. Its design is aesthetic, with a “seagull” profile to the overhead bridge structure.

Water Street Bridge

Both bridges are opening span bridges to accommodate shipping traffic access the Docklands quays.

The spine route network within the Docklands includes the following:

  • Centre Park Road upgrade
  • Monahan’s Road upgrade
  • New North/South Link road from Water St Bridge to Monahan’s Road

Freebooters AFC

The Lower Road had a rich history of sports teams. A rowing club, hurling and football teams, soccer teams. Do you have any information about them?

Freebooters AFC:

From researching about the club they were in exisitence as a Junior team in the 1924-25 season coming runners up in the Munster Junior Cup. The youths team played in the Munster Youths Cup in 1940-41 season also runners up. Freebooters (Cork) came runners-up in the FAI Intermediate Cup in 1949 (beaten by St. Patrick’s Athletic) played in the Cork Business and Shipping League, Freebooters(Kilkenny) was formed in 1950 by workers from the Post Office, one of the players had moved from Freebooters in Cork and so they chose the name.

Freebooters AFC Minor League winners 1938-39

Lower Glanmire Road Resident’s Association

The Lower Glanmire Road Resident’s Association (LGRRA) was formed in 1980 and continues still today and is a voice for the community:

Lower Glanmire Road Resident’s Association 1980

In the photo:
(L-R): Mr. O’Shea, Nuala O’Brien (Post Office), Noreen Meaney, Anne Meaney (RIP), Mairead O’ Halloran, Sadie O’Brien, Tom Bowles, Patsy Crowley, Eileen Doherty (RIP), Mary Lane, John Murphy (Chairman), Mairin Quill, Fr. O’ Driscoll, CC St. Patrick’s Parish