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Cork City Council Programme

Cork City Council: Programme of Events 30 April – 13 May 2018

The Famine in Cork City

  • City Library, Grand Parade, Cork
  • Monday 30 April  – Monday 14 May
  • Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm. Admission Free

This exhibition is on view in the foyer of the City Library, Grand Parade, Cork,

The exhibition comprises visual panels, extracts from contemporary accounts of the Famine published in the Cork Examiner, Cork Constitution and Illustrated London News, as well as a selection of books on the Famine.  The exhibition also focuses on famine and food poverty in the present day.  

 A more concise version of this exhibition, also called The Famine in Cork City will be on view in all seven local libraries in Cork.  It will be the feature event for class visits around the city in early May.

Famine Exhibition

  • Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork
  • Tuesday 1 May – Monday 14 May
  • Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm; Saturday 11am – 4pm; Sunday 2pm – 4pm.

An exhibition including artefacts such as the Cobh Famine Relief Committee 1846 – 1847; a letter from Cork JP Nicholas Cummins to the Duke of Wellington describing the conditions in West Cork; letters from Fr Mathew to the captain of the Macedonian (relief ship that came into Cork from Boston); and a grain sack from New Brunswick, New Jersey that came to Cork.

Lectures and Historic walks

  • Sunday 6 May 2018, 2.00pm. Walking Tour of St Finbar’s Hospital by Cllr Kieran McCarthy. Meet at the main gates of St Finbar’s Hospital. Admission Free.
  • Monday 7 May 2018, 7.00pm. Walking Tour of St Joseph’s Cemetery, Ballyphehane, by Ronnie Herlihy. Meet at the main gates of St Joseph’s Cemetery. Admission Free
  • Tuesday 8 May, 7.00pm. The Famine in Cork, lecture by Pat Gunn, Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork. Admission Free.
  • Sunday 13 May, 2.00pm. Wreath laying ceremony, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Ballyphehane, by the Lord Mayor. A selection of wreaths laid by Ambassadors at the formal state commemoration will be removed from UCC and laid at the Mass Famine Grave in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, to remember those who perished during the Great Famine. All Welcome.

Website: Cork Past and Present

Updated website with page on the Famine in Cork, by scholar, Colman O’Mahony.

National Famine Commemoration 2018

Comóradh Náisiúnta an Ghorta Mhóir 2018