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Cork Opera House

 The current Cork Opera house, rebuilt in 1965, is located on Emmet's Place. It is one of the premier event locations in the southern part of the island, and features an ongoing list of top class music, comedy, dance and other entertainment events.


  • Built in 1855, the original building on this site was named the Athenaeum
  • Designed by architect Sir John Benson, its intended  purpose as a lecture hall and museum, where thinkers promote science, literature, fine arts and architectural knowledge
  • Charles Dickens twice delivered lectures here in this early period
  • Visitors complained that the acoustics were poor, so in 1873 it was remodelled as a theatre and named The Munster Hall
  • This venture also failed, and in 1877 the building became Cork Opera House
  • The building survived the burning of Cork by the British Army in 1920
  • In 1955, the Opera House did however burn down due to faulty electrical wiring and its wooden materials
  • The replacement, built in 1965, was regarded as functional and less ornate than the original beloved building
  • In 2003, renovation works were constructed to ameliorate the facade of the building and increase the size of the lobby and bar areas

Official Site

Cork Opera House


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