Cork: “A City By The Sea”

Explore Cork’s history with the sea in this new exhibition open to the public on March 17th 2017

Cork: St. Peter’s Cork, invite the public to enjoy their latest offering and new Cork focused exhibition from March 17th. The exhibition entitled “A City by the Sea” is completely free and open to the public 6 days a week, all year round. It depicts the eventful history of both the city and its harbour from the age of the Vikings’ to modern day.

The exhibition which will be on display in the historic St. Peter’s Cork on North Main Street is supported by Cork City Council Arts Office. The exhibition has been curated by author and historian Mr. Turtle Bunbury. Mr. Bunbury has written over 13 books and several hundred published historical articles. He has a strong reputation for providing credible and accessible history. He has been closely involved with the very popular EPIC Ireland, an interactive visitor experience in Dublin as well as the History Festival of Ireland which was curated by Mr. Bunbury.

Mr. Bunbury on Cork’s history with the sea, ‘Cork has been pivotal to the history of Ireland for a thousand years but the city and harbour also have astonishingly strong connections to the history of the wider world. In the medieval age, ships were constantly rolling into the harbour from France, Portugal and Spain. Then came the Tudor explorers en route to the New World, or Algerian pirates dragging unfortunate captives back to the old one. By the 18th century the city had the utterly vital role of provisioning the ships of the British Empire in times of war. That carried on into the First World War when the harbour was absolutely key to preventing this part of the world from being conquered by the German Navy. Add in all the tales of emigrants and smugglers, shipwrecks and fishermen, and you fetch up with an incredibly rich and diverse story that I have thoroughly enjoyed researching.’

Set amid the marshlands of the River Lee, Cork has been a maritime hub since records began. The exhibition will depict this history in a dynamic, thought provoking and sometimes humorous manner that can be enjoyed by all ages. The exhibition will include maps, paintings, original photographs and short stories to take the visitor on a journey through Cork’s rich and varied history with the sea.

The new exhibition also includes a room devoted to the fascinating history of St Peter’s Church, where a church has stood since the 13th century. Completed in 1788, the present church was bought by Cork City Council in 1988; they restored the building to its present excellent condition. In 2016 LeisureWorld Management took over the operation of this building and its full programme of exhibitions and events.

A City by the Sea will be St. Peter’s Cork’s headline exhibition for 2017 but they will also feature a number of smaller local and national exhibitions throughout the year. If you would like to enquire about exhibition space please contact

St. Peter’s Cork and LeisureWorld Management welcomes the public to come visit the new exhibition from St. Patrick’s Day. Open all year round and completely free of charge they offer a very broad cultural experience to all their visitors in a very relaxed and peaceful setting.


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St Peter’s Cork is managed by LW Management. To find out more visit our website

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