A Collection Of Videos Recorded Throughout Cork City In The Late 80’s

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Alright ye mad yokes ye. The Norries Of Cork has got a treat in store for ye. I found a load of old videos from around Cork City floating about on YouTube. It’s a lazy Saturday for a few people so check out these class videos. I’m going to be posting some of my own city videos in the coming weeks so SUBSCRIBE to the Norries of Cork YouTube Channel. Going to be some serious content uploaded soon.

From Patrick’s Street, through suburbs of the Northside and glimpses of the Southside of Cork, we are transported to a different Cork City of the late 80’s. We were climbing out of a recession and slowly into minor glimpses of economic change. Although the city has not changed much architecturally, we are given close shots of fashion, transport and lost landmarks of the Northside of Cork City. The masses of Double Decker buses parading along Patrick’s Bridge, or hatchback cars with box angles you could shave a beard with, we see some unique characters that have now become the memory of a city so full of personality and wit.
The eclectic soundtrack of Cork Native songs including “The Boys Of Fairhill”, “The Banks Of My Own Lovely Lee” plus some soulful numbers which capture the essence of this Medieval town. The pictures bring us through the small homes of Blackpool and the North Mall and we are given a front door tour of Northside pubs such as the Chimes, The Anglers, along the Shandon Church district and The Joshua Tree up Blarney Street.




 

Parts of the Northside of Cork City seem alien to view as the modern loarger buildings have not yet been erected, such as The Gate Cinema on Bachelor’s Quay/North Main Street. We see people just standing at the North Gate Bridge soaking up the sun as it reflects from the River Lee. The Fountain at the end of Shandon Street, one of amusement on Saturday nights when it would be filled with washing up liquid, still stands as people sit along the benches. A memory almost long forgotten.
There are shots from Summerhill looking down towards the Quays, with stoney grey back gardens of urban dwellings that have now become rented multiplexes for the newer natives of Cork City. These videos take us beyond the city realm of busy retail streets and up into the laneways of the Northside. It’s almost an intimate view into the daily goings and happenings of the Norries Of Cork.
I definitely recommend these for viewing, some of the songs may seem ancient but if you follow the lyrics you will find a few great stories from the lives of people long gone. This is Cork City for how it was and for one thing we can see that not much has changed if you exclude fashion, transport and architecture. The people still stay the same and it’s this character that keeps Cork unique from any other town in Ireland.
Let me know what you think of the videos above. Big thanks to William Bailey for hosting these from his YouTube Channel. He’s got some amazing photography from around Cork in the days gone by so check out his stuff on Facebook if you haven’t already.

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