North and South Main Streets

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History

North and South Main Streets are the historic main streets of medieval Cork, a city built on small islands in the middle of the River Lee.
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Where one street ends…

Where do you think South Main Street ends and North Main Street begins?

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Shops

Lots of contributors to the Cork Folklore Project’s oral history archive talked about the shops of the past, and the ones that are still there today.

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Decline

Over the past two decades, North and South Main Streets have witnessed a marked decline; the footpaths are quiet, several buildings are not being maintained and many remaining traders are struggling.

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Good things about urban neighbourhoods

The neighbourhoods in North and South Main Streets still have a lot going for them – street life can be “urban and buzzy”!

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The future?

To survive for the future, North and South Main Streets need to reinvent themselves.
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An oral history map of North and South Main Street

For more stories of North and South Main Streets, scroll down to explore our oral history map!
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Acknowledgements

Many thanks to all involved in this project.
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