A City by the Sea

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stpeters cork

A City by the Sea

Date: Throughout 2019

Place: St Peter's Cork

Tickets: Free Entry, All Welcome!

‘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.’- Turtle Bunbury, Curator of A City by the Sea

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

We have also included a room devoted to the fascinating history of St Peter’s Cork, where a church has stood since the 13th century, right in the heart of the medieval walled-town of Cork. Completed in 1788, and de-consecrated in 1949, the present building was bought by Cork City Council in 1988. The Council restored the building to its present excellent condition. .

A City by the Sea will be St. Peter’s Cork’s headline exhibition for 2018 and we will also feature a number of smaller local and national exhibitions throughout the year.

About Turtle Bunbury

Turtle has written over 13 books on Irish history 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 he curated. For more information on Turtle visit: http://www.turtlebunbury.com/. He and the team at The Hidden Story hope you enjoy A City by the Sea.


A City by the Sea has been funded by Cork City Council Arts Office



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St. Peter's Cork
N Main St
Cork, City in the Republic of Ireland H62 DV76

Telephone: (021) 427 8187