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areas on the south side. These were often set in well-kept grounds and were far from the overcrowded and unhealthy city centre. New bridges allowed access to these areas, while in the later 19th century railways, such as the Cork, Blackrock and Passage Railway, improved communications. Many of the ‘merchant princes’ of Cork were well-educated, philanthropic and possessed a pride and confidence in Cork. They built up businesses and industries that not only generated funds for themselves, but also provided employment and in turn encouraged other enterprises. They contributed much to the development of Cork.

Letter to T.J. Clanchy, 1878.

‘Sunville’, late 19th century. Map of Ringmahon, 1835.

Cork Savings Bank, 1861.

National Exhibition Letter, 1852.

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