Population 314,000, 11th largest city in United Kingdom

Lord Mayor Cllr. Tony Skipper.

Coventry was the first city to twin withCork.  The decision to twin withCoventry was a result of the number ofCork people who had emigrated to Coventry to find work and later chose it as a place to settle.


Given such a strong local base with immediate connections to Cork, it was clear that twinning would be successful.

Some of the twinning activities which take place are:-

  • Lord Mayor of Cork pays an annual visit to Coventryto attend the Irish Association Dinner,
  • Poetry exchange between Cork & Coventrypoets
  • On September 22, 2011 the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Terry Shannon and the Lady Mayoress, Ursula Shannon welcomed the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Keiran Mullhall to City Hall for a courtesy visit. Also present at the visit was the Lord Mayor’s Consort and members of the Coventry Irish Society, together with members of the Cork-Coventry International Relations sub-committee, City Hall officials and Mr. Casey from O’Bheal who has initiated a poets exchange between the two cities in recent years.
  • 3 meetings of the Cork Coventry International Relations Sub Committee were held during the year.   
    Coventry Group 
    Picture shows the Lord Mayor of Coventry with members of the Coventry Irish Society, members of the Cork/Coventry International Relations sub-committee, City Hall officials and representative from O'Bheal during their courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Cork. 


Irish Heart, Coventry Home is a 15 month history project that has been conducted by the Coventry Irish Society to explore the history of the Irish Community in Coventry.   Irish people have played a unique role in Coventry’s history; significant numbers of Irish men and women arrived during the years after the Second World War to work in a variety of professions including nursing, construction and teaching.  The project culminated in an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, which launched on March 9th.  The Irish Society interviewed 65 people  and produced a thirty-minute film using the interview footage.  The film can be viewed by clicking on the link below.