Timeless Cork, a new book which gives readers a "tour in pictures" through the city and its history, has just been published.

Written by Michael Lenihan, the bestselling author of Pure Cork, Timeless Cork begins "in Blackrock, before heading into the city and following a meandering route that covers many areas of both the north and south sides of the River Lee".

The majority of the images in the book are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with Cork publisher Mercier Press saying that "many of them may be a surprise to the modern Corkonian".

"For instance, it is hard to imagine what the reaction would be today if you came across a railway engine trundling through the centre of Cork as part of normal traffic, yet for a time this was a common sight in the streets of the city. And who today can remember seeing a large group of pigs making an orderly crossing over St Patrick's Street? Moreover, many of the magnificent buildings which are shown in the book are no longer in existence, a rich architectural heritage lost forever," said Mercier Press.

Timeless Cork