Washington Street, Cork

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Washington Street
Sráid Washington
Cork courthouse.jpg
The courthouse on Washington Street
Former name(s) Great George's Street[1]
Location Cork, Ireland
Coordinates 51°53′50″N 8°28′55″W / 51.89722°N 8.48194°W / 51.89722; -8.48194Coordinates: 51°53′50″N 8°28′55″W / 51.89722°N 8.48194°W / 51.89722; -8.48194
Grand Parade, Western Road

Washington Street (Sráid Washington in Irish), is a street in Cork city, Ireland. Built in 1824,[2] it runs from the old medieval town centre onto the western marshes. It was originally named "Great George's Street" in honour of King George III.[3] In 1918, the people of Cork renamed it as a tribute to George Washington.[4] The street itself links the Western Road with the Grand Parade.

Larger buildings on Washington Street include Cork City Courthouse (1828)[5] and St Augustine's Catholic Church (1942).[6]

Washington Street is one of the centres of Cork city's nightlife,[citation needed] with bars, nightclubs, and restaurants located on the street (or close to it) in an area sometimes marketed as "Washington Village".[7]


  1. ^ "Cork street name changes 1750 - 2013". Corkpastandpresent.ie. Cork City Libraries. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Thomas Holt's map of Cork city & suburbs". Corkpastandpresent.ie. Cork City Libraries. Retrieved 10 November 2017. Holt's map of 1832 is one of the first maps to show Great George's Street, which was opened in 1824 (and renamed Washington Street in 1918)
  3. ^ "A Changing Townscape, early 1800s". Corkheritage.ie. Kieran McCarthy. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  4. ^ Gina Johnson. "The Laneways of Medieval Cork (a study carried out as part of Cork City Council's Major Initiative)" (PDF). Corkpastandpresent.ie. Cork City Libraries. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Courthouse, Washington Street, Cork City". Buildingsofireland.ie. National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  6. ^ "History of OSA in Cork". Staugustinescork.ie. St Augustine's Church Cork. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Coors Light Live Tour - Washington Village, Cork City, Co. Cork". Corkentertainment.ie. Cork Entertainment. Retrieved 10 November 2017.

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