Local Parish Exhibition

Natives of the Marsh just off the North Main Street, artists Pat Horgan and Dennis Johnstone will be displaying their work in St Peter’s Cork from 1st-7th January 2018.

Pat has been a regular visitor to St Peter’s since we opened in 2015 and has taken up painting in recent years, after a thirty year hiatus. Denis, a good friend of Pat’s shares the same love of painting and has been working on his art for a number of years. It is a wonderful opportunity to exhibit work from two local residents, who grew up in the area.

Join us for the launch on 1st Feb from 6.30pm-8pm for an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy their exhibition with friends and art-lovers alike.

Free Entry and All welcome.

Origins of Cork- Evening Lecture Series

It is with great pleasure that St Peter’s Cork have teamed up with the Department of Archaeology in UCC to deliver a series of animated talks on the history of Cork, entitled The Origins of Cork.

We will be hosting a a free lecture every Tuesday evening from 16th January for six weeks. Each evening, a new expert will sit with us to discuss a fascinating aspect of our city’s history.

With the great support of Professor William O’Brien we will be welcoming some excellent speakers to discuss specialist areas of our history. The full schedule is below and we invite you to join us in the deep midwinter, to sit around St Peter’s Cork and listen to rich stories of Cork City’s heritage.

Space is limited so please do arrive early for each talk, every event starts at 5pm sharp. We look forward to welcoming you there. For further queries on these lectures, please contact Eileen O’Shea, Programme and Event Manager at St Peter’s via email: eileen@stpeterscork.ie

A series of illustrated public talks in January and February 2018 start at 5pm sharp on following Tuesdays:

16th January.  William O’Brien ‘A prehistory of Cork’

There has been a continuous human presence in the Cork region over the past 10,000 years. Most of this long period belongs to prehistory, the time before written records, which ended more or less with the arrival of Christian literacy from the fifth century AD. This talk reviews the archaeology of prehistoric people in the county of Cork, looking at their settlements and monuments, material culture and economy, social relations and religious beliefs.

William O’Brien is Professor of Archaeology in University College Cork

23rd January. Tomas Ó Carragáin ‘What might St Finbarr’s monastery have looked like?’

Long before the Vikings arrived, St Finbarr’s monastery was one of the most important settlements in early medieval Munster. Little evidence survives for its layout, appearance or scale, however. Using parallels from Ireland and abroad, this talk considers the sorts of buildings that might have stood at the site and the sorts of activities that might have taken place there. Through analogy, and a little imagination, the talk aims to give the audience a better understanding of this important but elusive phase in the city’s development.

Tomas Ó Carragáin is a lecturer in Archaeology in University College Cork.

30th January.  Maurice Hurley ‘The ‘origins and early development of Cork City’

Cork owe its urban origins to the influence of the Vikings; whereby seafaring Scandinavian people were instrumental in transferring influence from Britain and the Western European seaboard to Ireland. The earliest urban settlement in Ireland (Dublin) dates to the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. Settlement of undisputed urban character are archaeologically proven in Cork and Waterford by the mid eleventh century. The archaeological evidence stands in contrast to our traditional interpretation of historical sources which place the founding of the Viking ports in the early tenth century.

Maurice Hurley is a consultant archaeologist in private practice based in Cork.


6th February.  Rose Cleary ‘Archaeological excavations at South Main Street’

The Department of Archaeology, UCC, has been involved in Cork City Archaeology for over 40 years. Beginning in 1974 with excavations at Skiddy’s Castle, North Main Street, and in the more recent past on the former site of Sir Henry’s Nightclub on South Main St. The lecture on February 6th takes a look back at some of these excavations and will focus on the results from the 2004–5 excavation of the Sir Henry’s site.

Rose Cleary is a lecturer in Archaeology in University College Cork.

13th February.   Clare McCutcheon ‘Pottery and trade connections in Medieval Cork’

Pottery recovered from excavations conducted by the Department of Archaeology, UCC, the City Council, and commercial archaeology illuminate the trade connections between Cork, Britain and the Continent. It also provides a bridge between the medieval and post-medieval periods. This talk will highlight some of the exciting, unusual, as well as standard items.

Clare McCutcheon is a researcher of medieval and post-medieval pottery from Irish excavations.

20th February.  Colin Rynne ‘The early industrial heritage of Cork city’

From 1991–93 the speaker was Director of the Royal Irish Academy’s Industrial Archaeological Survey of Cork City and its Environs, which was published in 1999. In this talk he re-examines some of the main findings of this survey, in the light of recent evidence, and evaluates how the city has come to appreciate its industrial heritage over the last 25 years.

Colin Rynne is a senior lecturer in Archaeology in University College Cork.


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A City by 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.’- 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.