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2023 Decade of Centenaries Programme

Decade of Centenaries 


2023 Close-Out Event

Thursday 16th November 2023 will see a very special, large-scale event to conclude the Decade of Centenaries programme. 

Cork City Libraries 2023 Commemorative Exhibitions & Events 

Heritage Week

Tuesday 15th August @ 7 pm

Library 130 Lecture Series: A Reflection on Cork’s Bibliophile History given by Alan Noonan, Historian-in-Residence with Cork City Libraries. Alan discusses Cork’s long history with books and reading. All welcome. No booking necessary.

Culture Night

Friday 22nd September @ 6 pm

Library 130 Lecture Series: Dwindleberries, Opera Glasses, Runaway Sardines, and Explosives: Kids' Books in Cork Public Library in the 1920s and 30s.’ given by Mairéad Mooney.

Cork City Library established the first municipal children's library in the country. After independence from Britain, what books did the library acquire for its young readers? Join us for a sample of the good, the bad, and the downright bizarre books that children could borrow in the 1920s and 30s. From Shakespeare to a utopian vision of 1950s Ireland, and forgotten texts in between, come along at 6pm. All welcome. No booking necessary.

History Roadshow - September 23rd 

More details soon. 

The Launch of the Cork City Revolution Trail 

An online story map, the Revolution Trail features 30 historical sites located around Cork City. The areas carry stories of huge significance in relation to the Irish Revolutionary Period.

The trail will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, and historian, Gerry White in August. 

The Hegarty's of the Laurels: A Short Film

The Hegarty’s of the Laurels is based on the book by Jim Hegarty and supported by the Commemorations programme.  This short film tells the story of one family’s struggle during the War of Independence and the Civil War (1920 -1923). Filming starts in autumn of 2023. 

Cork Commemorative Jerseys Exhibition 

An exhibition featuring jerseys of the Cork teams who commemorated Irish revolutionary figures and events on their kits across 2016-2023. The Public Museum in Fitzgerald Park is to host this exhibit across the autumn / winter. 

Unveiling of the Michael Collins Statue 

On Sunday 15th October on Grand Parade, the commemorative statue of the Irish revolutionary, Michael Collins, will be unveiled.