Crosshaven Past and Present

This series of Past and Present Photographs of Crosshaven, Co.Cork came to light when I was planning and developing my book, Crosshaven: Cork Harbour’s Hidden Treasure. The black and white photos were taken in the past (Circa. 1900s) and the coloured images were captured in the present (2017).

I sourced the past images from Crosshaven History and Carrigaline Memories, both of which are Facebook groups. Once I had the images from the past I then planned out where they were taken and from what angle. I went to the same location and tried to recapture the scene from the same position as the original photographer as accurately as possible. This proved to be difficult for some images due to recent developments and buildings in areas that would’ve been idle once upon a time.

The slider can be moved on the images below to see the transitions and developments from the past into the present.

Crosshaven Village

Crosshaven Village. (Use the Slider to compare images)

Crosshaven Village, past and present photos merged together.

Crosshaven Village, Co.Cork
Crosshaven Village Past and Present merged together.

Royal Cork Yacht Club Crosshaven

The Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven is the world’s oldest yacht club, founded in 1720. The past image here was taken Circa. 1951 and the present image was taken in 2017. Crosshaven Yacht Club is host to Cork week, which takes place every 2 years. The next Volvo Cork Week will take place in 2022.

In these images you can clearly see the progression of the Yacht Club itself, expanding over the years. The Grand Hotel is also evident in the background of the image, now a home to several apartments.

Royal Cork Yacht Club. (Use the Slider to compare images)

The Royal Cork Yacht Club, past and present photos merged together.

Royal Cork Yacht Club, Crosshaven, Co.Cork
Royal Cork Yacht Club Past and Present merged together.

Crosshaven Road

Crosshaven Road. (Use the Slider to compare images)

Currabinny Pier from Crosshaven

Currabinny Pier from Crosshaven. (Use the Slider to compare images)

Crosshaven Pier and Harbour

Once upon a time boats were used to deliver clay to Crosshaven Pier, which would then be transported to the famous Carrigaline Pottery, which operated from 1928 to 1979. You can also see the massive difference in the number of the houses the background of the image, along Camden road and the Point road.

Crosshaven Pier and Harbour. (Use the Slider to compare images)

Crosshaven Pier and Harbour, past and present photos merged together

Crosshaven Pier, Co.Cork
Crosshaven Pier, Past and Present merged together.

Crosshaven Car Park

What is now home to 2 car parks in the centre of Crosshaven Village, was once occupied by the Owenabue River.

Crosshaven Car Park, The Point Road. (Use the Slider to compare images)

Crosshaven Car Park, The Point Road, past and present photos merged together

Crosshaven Railway Station

Crosshaven Railway station operated from 1904 to 1932, connecting the village to Cork City. The full history of the train line and structure can be read on Crosshaven.ie/CrosshavenRailway. This site is now the location of Crosshaven boys school.

Crosshaven Railway Station. (Use the Slider to compare images)

Camden Fort Meagher

Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven. Co.Cork
Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven, Past and Present merged together

If you have any old images of your home town in Cork City or Cork County and you would like to see a Past and Present photo merge please get in touch, I’d love to help out.

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