The definitive history of University College Cork by the distinguished Irish historian John A. Murphy to mark the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the college.
Examines the relationship between town and gown. Uses original sources and archival material to study the social and educational history of the period. Explores the role of college presidents in the development and expansion of the institution.
The year 1995 has a personal significance for Professor John A. Murphy, since it marks the fiftieth anniversary of his registration as a first year student in the College. He joined the staff in 1960 and succeeded Seamus Pender as Professor of Irish History in 1971. Therefore he brings to this work, not only his personal experience, but a valuable sense of the modern period of the College's history, and an abiding interest in its fluctuating fortunes over 150 years. Although there have been studies on certain facets of the College, this is the first overview of its history from its foundation as a Queen's College in 1845 to its present position as one of the leading educational institutions in Ireland. Firmly grounded in archival sources, The College purports to be a popular history of Munster's premier institution of learning and will be read appreciatively by those interested in the social and educational history of the period. It throws new light on shadowy people and periods. It is particularly rich as a study of College presidents from Sir Robert Kane through Sir Bertram Windle to Dr. Alfred O'Rahilly and beyond. It is hoped that the book will be of special interest to UCC graduates at home and abroad as well as those concerned with the role of a major educational instutition in the life of the community at large.