This beautiful Queen Anne house at 50 Pope’s Quay dates from around1700-30. It is the oldest house in Cork and is considered one of the finest historic buildings in the city. It is reputed to have originally been built for Richard Boyle, the 4th Earl of Cork, nicknamed the “Apollo of the Arts” though it seems doubtful he ever lived here. In a poetic twist, some three hundred years later it has become a real home for the arts in Cork.
The house became dilapidated in the 1980s and was taken over by Cork City Council. Cork Civic Trust took on the restoration of 50 Pope’s Quay asits first major conservation project under the supervision of Jack Coughlanand associates.
Since 2006 it is home to professional arts organisations – currently in residence are: ARTlifeCULTURE, Corcadorca Theatre Company, Cork Arts Support Team, Cork Film Centre, Cork Folk Festival, Cork International Choral Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Cork Midsummer Arts Festival, Cork Orchestral Society, the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Ó Bhéal and Suisha Inclusive Arts, thanks to the support of Cork City Council.
Civic Trust House will present at 4pm readings from As Other Saw Us: Cork Through European Eyes, edited by Joachim Fischer & Grace Neville,which was published by Collins Press as part of Cork 2005: European capital of Culture. Consisting of 68 pieces of travel writing spanning ten centuries and translated from 13 original languages, the book contains some fascinating glimpses into the history of Cork city.