If you've got ancestors who worked in the brewing or pub trade in Cork you'll want to get along to University College Cork Library Archives to delve into the Murphy's Brewery Collection.
This collection, which officially dates from 1742, is described as an unparalleled source for the social and economic history of Cork from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th. It is made up of legal, administrative and brewing records.
The strongest genealogical research potential lies in its records of Tied Houses connected with Murphy's. It also includes publicans' licences, leases and agreements and registers of employees.
Access to this sizable collection is available, by appointment only, with the Archives Service to holders of UCC Readers tickets. Non-students can apply for a ticket here.
Heineken Ireland, the company which acquired Murphy's Brewery in 1983, donated the collection.
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