On Thursday 23rd February in the Lord Mayor’s Chamber, City Hall, the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Terry Shannon announced the launch of the Cork Civic and Mayoral Museum.The museum, to be housed in the original City Hall building will contain, among other important items, portraits of 75 Lords Mayor who have held office since the establishment of the title and will also contain information panels and display cases containing items showcasing the rich heritage of the office and the importance of the office to the city.
Pictured at the launch of the Civic and Mayoral Museum with Lord Mayor Cllr Terry Shannon are l-r former Lords Mayor Joe. O' Callaghan, Paud Black, John Dennehy, Jim Corr, Danny Wallace, John Murray, Michael Ahern
Speaking at the launch the Lord Mayor stated:
“It has been a keystone of my year in office that City Hall is the property of all of the people of Cork and should be open and accessible for them to familiarise themselves with its rich history. As the conservation authority for the city it is our civic duty to ensure the building is preserved and maintained and this exhibition will further strengthen the link between its citizens and its history.”
The Lord Mayor also used the occasion to encourage past Lords Mayor and surviving relatives of deceased former Lords Mayor to donate memorabilia to be put on display as part of the permanent exhibition.
The City Manager, Tim Lucey also gave the project his strong support:
“I commend the Lord Mayor on advancing this very important initiative. Over the years holders of the distinguished office of Lord Mayor have been central to promoting the city at a local, national and international level and to events that have shaped our city’s history and development”