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Cork's favourite book

Lord Mayor Catherine Clancy announced the winner of the Cork’s Favourite Book poll in the City Library on 11 September 2013. The winning book was Stone Mad by Seamus Murphy. Stone Mad received a third of the overall vote. The Cork classic, first published in 1950, celebrates the work of the ‘stonies’ whose craft had begun to die out in the 1940s. The book is a tribute to the work of innumerable anonymous craftsmen in a tradition that had continued from medieval times. In the book Seamus says, “I do not know how far I have succeeded in giving an idea of how the men engaged in the stone trade worked and lived … but … I would be sorry to see it lost”. Seamus certainly succeeded as the book continues to be a popular classic, especially in Cork, and now a worthy and popular winner of our Cork’s Favourite Book competition.

At the announcement, Seamus’s daughter Orla outlined her father’s connections to Cork City Library down through the decades. Copies of Stone Mad are available in Cork City Libraries.

There were 1,382 votes cast in the competition: 948 online and 434 paper votes. The winner attracted 417 votes. In second place was History's Daughter by Máire MacSwiney Brugha with 289 votes, and The Lobby Bar by Monica McNamara in third place. Thanks to the hundreds who took the trouble to vote.

Cork's Favourite Book winner

From left:  Orla Murphy (daughter of Seamus Murphy), Lord Mayor Cllr Catherine Clancy, Executive Librarian Patricia Looney and City Librarian Liam Ronayne at the announcement of the winning book at the City Library.

The three titles receiving the highest number of votes were:

BookVotesPercentage of total
Stone Mad 417 30
History's Daughter 289 21
The Lobby Bar book 145 10

Stone Mad by Seamus Murphy

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