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Programme 2015


In 2015 Cork City Libraries ‌will be looking at Cork's connection to the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign of World War I. A specially commisioned exhibition ‘Better to die ‘neath an Irish sky, than at Suvla or Sedd-el-Barr?’: from Cork to Gallipoli, was officially launched by Aodhán Ó Riordáin, TD, Minister of State, on Thursday, 14 May 2015. The exhibition will be on show in the City Library until early August, 2015 and citywide thereafter.

Images from the launch.
Experience the virtual exhibtion.

A programme of events commerating Cork's contribution to the Gallipoli campaign runs in conjunction with the exhibtion.

  • Renowned Cork musician, songwriter and song collector Jimmy Crowley will launch his long-awaited book Songs from the Beautiful City: the Cork urban ballads 7.00pm | Thursday 14 May | City Library, Grand Parade.
  • Jean Prendergast and Gerry White will present ‘Corkmen in Gallipoli’ making use of both letters home from the men in the Dardanelles, and military records of the Munster Fusiliers, to give a rounded and personal account of how the campaign impacted on so many Cork men and their families. 7.00pm | Thursday 28 May | City Library, Grand Parade.
  • Johnny Hanrahan will present ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning: the Music of World War I’, popular music of the era and songs associated with Gallipoli; with Quango Reinhardt – vocals, keyboards, sax and violin. 7.00pm | Thursday 11 June | City Library, Grand Parade.
  • Dr. Brian Kelly of Queen's University Belfast will give a lecture, 'The Battlefield of Memory: Vietnam and American Power: the contest over memory in the age of Obama'. 7.00pm | Thursday 9 July | City Library, Grand Parade.

Watch out for...

Launch of a major new work The Immortal Deed of Michael O’Leary VC, Conal Creedon’s personal journey through the amazing life of the Inchigeela man whose single-handed attack on a German machine gun post in 1915 earned him the Victoria Cross.
Date to be confirmed; City Library, Grand Parade