Cork City Librarian

The role of Cork City Librarian was established in 1892. Liam Ronayne is the seventh City Librarian to serve the people of Cork.

Liam Ronayne


Liam Ronayne is the Cork City Librarian, a post he took up in 2004. His job as City Librarian involves managing the libraries around the city, and the development of new services to meet changing needs, including setting up Cork World Book Fest, and the website He was Chairperson of the Triskel Arts Centre board until 2016, and is a past President of the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society.

Liam was born in Ballinacurra, on the eastern shore of Cork Harbour. He has a law degree from UCC, and a postgraduate qualification in library science from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Liam has been a librarian for more than 30 years, and has written and edited a number of books, mainly on local history. His work with the public library service has taken him to many parts of the country, including a long spell in Donegal where he was involved in setting up the Earagail Arts Festival and An Grianán Theatre, before returning to Cork.

Previous Cork City Librarians

  • Hanna O’Sullivan 1986-2003
  • Seán Bohan 1965- 1984
  • James Gaffney 1961-1965
  • Dermot Foley 1955-1960
  • Eugene Carberry 1933-1955
  • James Wilkinson 1892-1933