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Lord Mayor launches Pacata Hibernia (Adapted) Map of Cork city.


Kieran McCarthy, local historian, Lord Mayor Cllr. John Bermingham and  John Weldon comparing detail on the map to that on Cork city's Coat of Arms in the Lord Mayor's Chambers.

Speech delivered by the Lord Mayor at the launch on 14th January 2009:

"As Lord Mayor it gives me great pleasure to welcome you  here this evening to the launch of the Pacata Hibernia (Adapted) Map of Cork city.

This map is the brainchild of John Weldon who is a history teacher and a national tour guide. It was produced primarily with Cork city pupils and students in mind to raise in a visual way their awareness of Cork’s rich history.  Its colour, quality of information and high durability will no doubt inspire great discussion and projects for years to come.

As Lord Mayor, I take a particular interest in the historical and cultural identity of Cork city and heartily recommend this publication to you for your classrooms. One of the cornerstones of my year of office is to re-involve Cork’s citizens in their sense of pride and history of their city. This map is a perfect example of this.

Cork is an old city, now over 800 years established. This city is, and this surprises many people, older than the city of Berlin. Statio Bene Fide Carinis – A Safe Harbour for Ships - is the motto on the Coat of Arms of our friendly and vibrant port city. The word Cork, or Corcaigh in Gaelic, means marsh. The centre of the city was originally all marshlands or waterways — channels of the River Lee — which are now mostly filled in. This occurred in the 19th Century, before which Cork had something of the appearance of a Dutch town, with boats moored just outside its homes.

A great deal has changed since those days and Cork has grown to be the second largest city in the Irish Republic.

When this map is displayed in the classroom it will provide young people with a fascinating window into their city’s past. It will appeal to students of all ages. Moreover it will captivate pupils and students of history and geography in particular a powerful teaching aid because it is local and it is taken from a primary source. This impressive A1 visual aid evolved from a black and white plan of Cork drawn around 1600AD.  Adapted, it now depicts in colour the medieval walled city of Cork with key buildings and waterways labelled. In addition some present-day street names have been superimposed over erstwhile water. Students will really get a sense of ‘change and continuity’ from this publication."

Further information is available from John Weldon

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