Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Sir Henry’s to re-open in Cork

…as an exhibition on campus in UCC

Sir Henry's back in the day. Nirvana's van parked around the corner. Photo: Paul O'Mahony

Tue, Jun 24, 2014, 15:24


Music fans always hold certain venues in high esteem and Cork’s Sir Henry’s is probably the most remembered Irish venue to ever allow punters pay in at the door. As both live venue and club, Sir Henry’s provided a stage for seminal acts, legends in their own lunchtime, headbangers, would-bes, could-bes and never-going-to-bes, both local and international, between 1978 and 2003.

This summer, it’s Sir Henry’s time again in Cork as a major exhibition on the history of the venue opens in the UCC Library. The exhibition, which runs from July 9 to September 27, has been curated by Martin O Connor, (UCC Library) Stevie Grainger (radio presenter and formerly DJ at Sir Henry’s) and Eileen Hogan (School of Applied Social Studies, UCC) and it’s hoped that the exhibition will begin the process of creating a permanent archive of popular music.

The exhibition will use donations from the venue owner’s family, employees from the very beginning of the club, the acts and DJs who played the South Main Street venue and, naturally, the people who paid or blagged in. There will also be oral histories and guest contributions about memories of the venue. Details will be announced shortly of seminars, talks and public events will be held throughout the duration of the exhibition. See Facebook, Twitter or the blog for more information.