Shandon is an important cultural and historical area of Cork city. It is home to a number of iconic buildings, including Shandon church with its famous steeple and bells, the North Cathedral, O'Connell Square with its buildings from the former Butter Exchange, and Skiddy's Almshouse. The Shandon area has undergone many changes since earliest times. It is today an increasingly diverse area, with many immigrants and their new families, and the area has been the focus of urban renewal in recent years by Cork City Council and by the Shandon Area Renewal Association. Renewal schemes have included the redevelopment of historic buildings, the renovation of Shandon Street, and the Architectural Conservation Area painting grant scheme. Visits from tourists are encouraged by these efforts, as well as by cultural events such as the annual Shandon Street Festival and the Mother Jones Festival which add to the ongoing cultural story of Shandon.
Select items from left menu panel to browse selected aspects of the history, culture, and architectural heritage of the Shandon area.
These pages on the Shandon area were first published on the Cork Past and Present website in August 2014. The pages were written and researched, and new photographs taken, by a JobBridge intern.