Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork

Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork

Oliver Plunkett Street is an 18th century street that is a main shopping area of the city. It was originally called George's Street after King George I who was reigning king of Great Britain and Ireland at the time.

British troops destroyed much of George's Street during the Burning of Cork. Two years later, after the establishment of the Irish Free State, the name was changed to honor Oliver Plunkett. Plunkett was the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and the Primate of All Ireland.

Many locals still referred to the street as George's Street for several decades after the name change. The area was also referred to as "Late George's Street," even the city directory. This is despite the fact that the city's General Post Office is located on Oliver Plunkett.

The street is a prime shopping area and a popular place for nightlife. It is an excellent place for a relaxed walk as the area of the street between Parnell Place and Grand Parade is pedestrianized every day from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Oliver Plunkett Street won the Great Street Award from the London Academy of Urbanism in 2016.

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Sight Name: Oliver Plunkett Street
Sight Location: Cork, Ireland (See walking tours in Cork)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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