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Cork 1920 – The Burning of a City. A public exhibition centre situated in one of Cork’s oldest standing churhes.

Uncovering thought provoking stories, archival material, historic photographs and compelling witness statements, St. Peter’s Cork shines a spotlight on the city’s past with its 2020 exhibition: Cork 1920 – The Burning of a City.

Cork City in 1920 was the stage on which some of the most shocking events of the War of Independence played out. Citizens endured months of curfews, military raids, repeated arson attacks, ransacked homes and looted businesses.

Ordinary life was peppered with instances of murder, destruction and indiscriminate violence. People could be shot simply for having their hands in their pockets. Lord Mayors could be assassinated or starved. A shocking end to an already tension-filled year, 1920 came to a head with the Burning of the City on the 11th December. Complementing this stunning exhibition, throughout 2020, St. Peter’s Cork will also host a dedicated 1920 themed series of gatherings, talks and workshops.

Runs until 31 December 2020. St. Peter's Cork also has an on-site café serving locally roasted coffee & Merchant Princes loose teas in addition to homemade treats and sandwiches.

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