Thursday Doors


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.


Source: National Library of Ireland St. Patrick’s Bridge, circa 1910 (built 1859)

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.


Man-e-can sing

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.



About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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29 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. socialbridge says:

    Oh, I simply have to nip down to Cork soon, having seen these doors, Jean. Gorgeous.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for the tour and history, Jean. I love the corner door, even though they have that sign pasted on it. Thanks for including the bike 🙂

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  3. Joanne Sisco says:

    Of course my favourite building would have to be the Cork English College because of its turret like front 🙂
    Thanks for the interesting tour of Cork.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    I need another trip to the home of my father!! This time instead of Dublin I shall have to visit Cork!!

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  5. Great tour and history Jean! I love corner building like the one “to let”, and that old English College building with the turret.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Thanks for the tour and the history lesson – the bike and that last doors do go so well together – nicely done Jean 🙂

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  7. dimlamp says:

    Well done, the photo with the musicians make you want to be there listening to them. 🙂

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  8. jesh stg says:

    Am getting the atmosphere of the city:) Hard to choose a favorite building/door.It seems modern doors are more functional and less characteristic. I love that yellow corner building.
    Theobald Matthew seems to have been an influential man! Interesting – never heard of the Capuchin order…I guess something different than cappuccino:):)

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    • The top half of the buildings retain their original features but as you say, modern doors are more functional and practical. I spend most of my time looking up and often bump into things as I walk along the street, :). As long as I don’t bump into a moving bus I’ll be alright. Cappuccino monks, lol. They would be awake all night and ‘laté’ for morning prayers. Capuchin is a Franciscan order, I think.


  9. cindy knoke says:

    Love them all, especially the ‘to let’ building shot~

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  10. Ken Somerset says:

    Thanks again Jean for more history and doors from a wonderful place. How does the English college shown compare to a college in the U.S?

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    • I think the English college is a private school that teaches English to students that are not fluent in the language, Ken. It was set up a few decades ago as a family business. Most of our third level colleges and universities are public educational facilities, probably quite like you would have in the U.S.


  11. Jay says:

    Oh these are just lovely! Great to hear stories behind them too.

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  12. Ali Isaac says:

    Lovely images again this week, Jean! Especially the first one, with all those colours against that sky, and of course, the big black door… rather impressive!

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