In the early 20th century, the then Lord Mayor of Cork Edward Fitzgerald, proposed that a large public exhibition be held in Cork in the Mardyke area. 44 acres of Mardyke parkland were hence set aside as the site of the 1902 Cork International Exhibition. The central section of the Mardyke exhibition site (approximately 12 acres) is now known as Fitzgeralds Park, and includes the Cork Public Museum, a large children's play area, and a skatepark. The area of the park is joined to Sunday's Well across the River Lee by Daly's bridge (a pedestrian suspension bridge known locally as the "Shakey Bridge").
In December 2008 a bust of Gen Tom Barry was unveiled at Fitzgerald Park in Cork by Cathal McSwiney Brugha, a grandson of Terence McSwiney, the former lord mayor of Cork who died on hunger strike in Brixton Prison in 1921. Tom Barry who died in 1980 and is buried in St Finbarr's Cemetery.
THE PHOTO DIARY IS NOT LIMITED TO CORK AS I ONLY VISIT THE CITY ONCE EVERY YEAR AND 2020 MAY BE AN EXCEPTION. I AM BASED IN DUBLIN BUT DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS I VISIT BELFAST, LIMERICK, GALWAY, KILKENNY AND WATERFORD AND USUALLY DEVOTE A WEEK TO PHOTOGRAPHING EACH OF THE CITIES IN QUESTION
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PAVILION OF LIGHT BANDSTANDFITZGERALD PARK MAY 2022
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