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Cork International Exhibition (1902)


Cork International Exhibition (1902)

The International Exhibition (sometimes Cork International Exhibition) was a world's fair held in Cork, Ireland, in 1902, 50 years after the first world's fair held in Ireland, in Cork. This was when Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom.


  • Summary 1
  • Exhibits and Entertainment 2
  • Legacy 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5


Water chute erected on the River Lee for the Exhibition.

Edward Fitzgerald the then Lord Mayor of Cork originally proposed the idea for the fair [1] which took place on 8 hectares of reclaimed marshland the Mardyke area of Cork, which is now Fitzgerald's Park [2] It opened in spring (maybe April [2] or maybe 1 May [1][3]) and closed in autumn (September [2] or November).[1][3]

Exhibits and Entertainment

Exhibitions included a Canadian pavilion, art gallery, machinery hall and industrial hall.[3][4]

One of the industrial exhibits was 'Engine 36' (pictured) originally built by Bury, Curtis, and Kennedy to run services from Dublin to Cork.[5]

Entertainments included a water chute, a skating rink,[2] switchback railway, temperance resaturant, a creamery,[3] shooting gallery and an aquarium.[4]


The immediate legacy was a follow on exhibition in 1903 which was visited by Edward VII and Princess Alexander.[2] After the second fair closed the grounds were donated to Cork Corporation for recreational use by the public[2] and opened to the public in 1906 ,[6] now Fitzgerald's Park which retains the original pavilion and fountain from the fair and now houses the Cork Public Museum .[7]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "20th Century Cork > About Cork >". Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Cork's Beautiful Fitzgerald's Park, site of the International Exhibition of 1902/03". Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "CORK INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION - 1902". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Economy and society in Cork in the early 20th century". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Display board at Cork Station
  6. ^ "Museum > Services > -". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Discover Ireland | Fitzgerald Park. Cork City, Cork, Ireland South". Retrieved 7 February 2012. 

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