Hamilton’s 19th Century Cork-town
Today it is hard to imagine the land as the pre-famine Irish first experienced it.
The land between James and Wellington had been cleared by Richard Springer during the 1810s, but east of Wellington Street, there was still a dense forest.
When Miles O’Reilly moved into the heart of Cork-town in 1833, he complain about wolves still roaming the forest. The land was still very hilly and there were several streams coming down from the escapement. These streams would flood the area with the spring rains.