The Cork Shakespearean Society, known locally as 'The Loft', was established in 1924 by Father James Christopher O’Flynn (pictured right). It was located on the floor above Linehan's sweet shop in John Redmond Street until 2000, when the Shakespearean Society moved to the nearby Firkin Crane premises. It subsequently moved to its current location in Eason's Hill Community Centre. Some of Ireland’s best known performers, such as, Joe Lynch, Niall Tóibín, and broadcaster Liam Ó Murchú performed there. The society staged Shakespearean plays in theatres and halls around Cork since 1927. In 2014 it celebrated its 90th anniversary.
The Loft’s 1930 manuscript diary of events, and its programme for one week in the same year, can be viewed in our Theatre section here.
The peoples' North Parish pilgrimage: a souvenir publication. Typing Times Publishing House, Cork, 2000, p. 14.
Evening Echo, 7 September 2000, p. 3.
Evening Echo, 4 October 2011, p. 10.