Thursday Doors comes from St. Patrick’s street in Cork City this week. This is the main shopping street and boulevard in the heart of the city and is affectionately called ‘Pana’ by older Corkonians. It has twice won an award as Ireland’s best shopping street since its redevelopment in 2004. The man on the pedestal is Theobald Mathew, ordained as a priest into the Capuchin Order in 1814. He set up a school for boys who couldn’t afford the fees to educate themselves and was tireless in his fight against alcoholism. From his pedestal, Theobold Mathew is looking across St. Patrick’s bridge towards St. Patrick’s Hill. The bridge has an unfortunate history in that it was twice rammed by ships that broke free from their moorings in storms and had to be rebuilt each time. The one that spans the River Lee today has held itself together since 1859 with only a bit of reconstruction work done in 1981, so I think its safe enough to cross.
By 1839, Theobald Mathew’s temperance movement had become so popular that branches were set up in several County Cork towns and the people were calling him the ‘Apostle of Temperance’. Apparently, by the end of 1840 some 200,000 people nationwide had taken a pledge of abstinence from alcohol and the cause had even spread to England. He died in December 1856 and was buried in St. Joseph’s cemetery, one that he had established for the poor. The statue you saw in the first image was erected in his honour in 1864.
Many of the businesses on St. Patrick’s Street operate from beautiful old buildings.
The Savoy Cinema, with its Art Deco exterior, was opened to the public in 1932. It was the most luxurious of all the cinemas in Cork, with the largest spectator capacity, seating approx 2,250 patrons.
Cork English College was a former bank, back in the day. You can see it in the old black and white photo above.
Tung Sing opened its doors on Patrick Street in 1963 (back then it was called The Cactus) and is the longest established Chinese restaurant in Cork City.
Along with shopping and eating there’s some great entertainment on Patrick St.
The coolest bikes hang out there, too.
Of course, I’ll have to finish with a door – a nice black one to match the bike.
I hope you enjoyed this Thursday Doors from Cork City. Why not pop on over to Norm’s blog and have a look at a wide variety of interesting doors from all corners of the globe.