Message from the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh

Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh discusses the importance of commemorating Cork 1920

In 1920, Cork had no less than three Lords Mayor. The first, Tomás Mac Curtain was shot by the British Army in March 1920, the second, Terence MacSwiney went on hunger strike and died on 25 October 1920 and the third, Donal  Óg O'Callaghan was elected Lord Mayor in November 1920.


A month later, in December 1920, the British Army set fire to our city - buildings along St Patrick’s St, City Hall and the Carnegie Library were all reduced to cinders in an historic event known as the Burning of Cork.

But Cork is nothing if not resilient. The City rose from the ashes.

There is a determination in Cork people that makes me very proud. Just look at our much-loved English Market. It encapsulates the spirit of Cork: serving the best of Cork to the people of Cork and the world through famine, flood, war, multiple recessions and now a pandemic.

If you want to truly understand our present and why I hold such faith and confidence in our future, take some time to wander around this website.

The importance of 1920 in Cork to Ireland’s modern history can’t be overestimated.