Our programme celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of George Boole. Learn more about the cooperation between University College Cork and Cork City Council to restore Boole's house at 5 Grenville Place.
Nature, as Boole himself might have observed, sets its own course. In this case the lasting effects of the historic flooding in Cork during recent years highlighted the need to preserve Boole’s own lodgings at 5 Grenville Place. This was where he wrote his seminal work An Investigation of the Laws of Thought in 1854. But in 2009, as the winter floods swept down the River Lee along the Mardyke, Bachelor’s Quay was severely damaged at Grenville Place.
This proved to be the spark of a joint campaign to preserve the memory of George Boole in Cork. The international scientific community and local residents voiced their concerns about the state of Boole’s former office, then in private hands. The George Boole 200 programme at UCC has taken this interest a step further; now working in cooperation with the Cork City Council to redevelop and take ownership of the property we believe that Boole’s innovative legacy can inspire the next generation as we secure the fate of 5 Grenville Place – The George Boole House of Innovation.