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(en) Ireland, WSM* Workers Solidarity #87 - New radical spaces in Cork city by Jennifer

Date Wed, 27 Jul 2005 09:47:16 +0300

The Cork Autonomous Zone (CAZ) and Barracka Books, a workers' co-op share
premises Finding a space for the Cork Autonomous Zone (CAZ) required an
epic search. It took no less than 18 months, involved a few heart breaking
setbacks, and was finally resolved by the idea of sharing a space with
an upstart, Barracka Books.
The CAZ started running early in 2002. It hosted campaigning groups,
facilitated art, music etc. It was formerly located in a small lane off
Camden Quay before deciding to move. Noisy neighbours made the space
unsuitable to continue but also the building would be knocked, making
way for apartments.

The Cork Grassroots Network took on the CAZ search. Since settling
into the current space, an independent committee has formed to keep
the CAZ running, delegates from each group that use the CAZ are
asked to participate. Most nights are booked and some Sundays with
various campaigning meetings, life drawing, pagan gatherings, and

Barracka Books is a workers' co-op.

Currently four people are working together, no bosses, decisions
made together and profits are shared according to time spent working.
The stock is varied, anything from cookery to children's books, new
and second hand. There is a strong Irish interest section and notable
radical books section. It also facilitates flyers, leaflets, zines
and there's a noticeboard in the corridor.

The location is 61 Barrack St, on the ground floor. The shop
operates from 10am to 6.30pm,Monday to Saturday. On those days,
CAZ usage begins from 7pm onwards. On Sunday it can be booked
for a full day.

The two entities are separate and must liaise with one another
on common decisions. Work still needs to happen on the space,
making it more disability accessible and to facilitate two
meetings at once, etc. New groups are welcome but should get
in contact with the CAZ committee to book. See our Contacts
Section for details on how to get in touch.

Barracka Books - Radical Book Store
61 Barrack Street,
Cork City

Cork Autonomous Zone - Social Space
61 Barracka St.,
From Workers Solidarity 87 - July 2005
* WSM is an Irish anarchist federation.

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