Thursday Doors


Welcome to another Doirse Déardaoin, which is the Irish way of saying Thursday Doors. Although the small section of door you can see to the right of this photograph is nothing spectacular to look at, the top half of the building more than makes up for it.

I looked up the history of Property House, 29 Grand Parade, Cork city and found a reference to one of its former uses. Historical business directories of 1845 record that it was occupied by a James Tancred, glove manufacturer. In an earlier directory of 1824,  a James and Moses Tancred are listed as ‘glovers’ in Cockpit Lane and Hanover Street.

It seems the business in Grand Parade had a bad year in 1846 (there was massive starvation and evictions countrywide at the time, which might not have helped). According to historical records, there were at least three other glove shops in the same street, so lots of competition for James Tancred to contend with. In 1846, a John Tancred arrived in Cork from Dublin and filed for insolvency with regards to the glove business in 29 Grand Parade. Apparently, he had been in the trade for forty years but had ceased operating in Dublin. He had also been indicted for causing a nuisance by setting up a glue yard (the poor man was probably hoping to become solvent – financially speaking). This was either James under a different name or a family member, possibly his father.

The only creditor objecting to the insolvency was the owner of number 29 Grand Parade, a Miss Mary O’Neil, to whom Mr. Tancred owed £70, a full year’s rent. She may have been in a bit of a pickle herself, as the lease was being held by her bank as security for bills. The result of the case was that ‘The Insolvent’ was discharged, undertaking to give a consent for judgment and gave up the house to Miss O’Neil. *

Fast forward to 2017. If you’ve lost your gloves on a cold day in the city, there’s no point in calling to Property House to buy a new pair. The ‘Bean & Leaf’ coffee house now operates from the premises (they do lunches, too). They have only recently opened for business and I haven’t been to the city to try it out yet – but I will. This is the photo from their pinned tweet. That first floor looks inviting. I hope they get lots of support, it’s so good to see a lovely old building in use.

bean and leaf

There’s a Bean & Leaf in Mahon Point Retail Park and Carrigaline, too.

Sláinte for now and don’t forget to check out Norm’s blog for more Thursday Doors.

Source: * History


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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39 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Sherry Felix says:

    Nice one. I like the bay windows. I see customers inside.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    It’s a beautiful building and a very interesting history, Jean. Thanks for sharing it with us. Sometimes, the door is just the entrance to a wonderful experience. I think it still works for Thursday Doors 🙂

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  3. Yeah! We should all give our local variants. HappyDoirse Déardaoin! This is so cool to learn. Here, let me return with Slovenian version:

    Četrtkova vrata


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  4. Solvency? 🙂 Ha, ha. I’d love to stop in now for some tea, Looks like a lovely spot for a cuppa.


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  5. sjhigbee says:

    Lovely to see such a fine old building still being used in a modern way:). Once more, many thanks for this wonderful series, Jean:)

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  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    A beautiful building with an interesting history. It seems to me that James Tancred has come up in one of your previous posts … or someone with a similar name? It sounds so familiar.

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  7. joanfrankham says:

    That is a beautiful building, from the first floor upwards anyway and I have photographed it also! I will be trying out the coffee shop next time I am in the city, as it looks very inviting.

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  8. jesh stg says:

    Oh, I like the ornamental pieces in-between the window stories! So pretty:)
    The store downstairs is so European. Not here the USA. because one legally can’t live in a business area- so the business (including stores) are in different areas than residential areas in most towns and cities. Big cities like New York or Los Angeles may be different – I don’t know. Now I’m off to read your text:)

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    • I don’t know if there are any restrictions here to living in a business area. I’ve never thought about it before. I can’t think of a place offhand where it might apply – except in an industrial area, there are restrictions about them, I think.


  9. jesh stg says:

    Am glad they found another business to make a living:) What is a “glue yard”?

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    • I’m pretty sure it’s where they boiled up bones to make adhesive. That’s why he was in trouble for operating one. I guess the neighbours didn’t like the smell. 😮


      • jesh stg says:

        I probably would not like the small (my eyes could be better, but my sense of smell is unfortunately very good) – but the idea that the next door neighbor is boiling bones in their yard – that idea I would even like less!

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  10. Love the building, the doors, the windows, and the name because I LOVE good coffee. 🙂

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  11. Norm 2.0 says:

    I bet there are corners inside of that building where on a hot summer’s day you can still smell the glue and the leather.
    Hopefully the new tenants have a successful run. It is a lovely building 🙂

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  12. joey says:

    So pretty! What a lovely facade to have over one’s storefront. I do hope you’ll go and sit and sip and tell us all about it 🙂

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  13. Those windows are gorgeous and so is the building in the evening light.

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