Centre of Commemoration

St. Peter’s North Main Street, one of the city centre’s most iconic and historic buildings holds the title of The Centre of Commemoration for Cork 1916 events and in its new capacity, act as an information centre and hub for a range of commemorative events scheduled for the year.  This unique, historical and beautiful space in the heart of Cork City is the ideal location as The Centre of Commemoration to pay tribute to the history of 1916.

St. Peter’s opens its gates free of charge to the public for a wide range of exhibitions and cultural events during 2016 to mark Cork City Council’s Centenary Programme which celebrates 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.



Making Ireland Modern: The Pavilion of Ireland, curated by Gary A Boyd and John McLaughlin

Date: 8th of September- 1st October: Free Entry

Making Ireland Modern explores the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation. Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television, Aviation, Education, Telecommunications, Motorways, Data – spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916–2016. Exploring a range of scales from the detail design of objects to entire landscapes and other territories, Making Ireland Modern describes architecture’s role in transforming the physical and cultural identity of the new state through its intersession in the everyday lives of its population.


St. Peter’s Church
North Main Street

Phone: 021 4278187

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am-5pm
Wednesday: 10am-5pm
Thursday: 10am-6pm
Friday : 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 11am-3pm


No admission charge
Telephone 021 4278186/4278187


Upcoming Events in St Peter’s



October 7th –

During 2016 St. Peter’s is home to the “Rebellion!” exhibition curated by Rachel Abraham which explores the people and organisations that went beyond the ideals of an Irish Republic and laid the foundations for its reality.  It places the Rising in context by outlining the issues of the time, e.g. home rule and the outbreak of World War One.  In addition, despite the fact that the Rising would not and could not succeed, this exhibition shows why its effects have been so far-reaching that we still remember those individual men and women today.

The panels on the wall outline the people, organisations and events that played a part in the birth of the Rising.  It has been estimated that 485 people lost their lives during the Rising.  The columns in the middle of the church give a glimpse at the number of people who may have been over-shadowed by the death of the 16 patriots.  They also detail a few of the Irishmen who were fighting in the Great War as events in Dublin unfolded.  Beneath the balcony is a selection of contemporary documents.  There is also a brief biography on each of the seven signatories of the Proclamation and also Thomas Kent.

Rebellion! reopens as our anchor exhibition on 7 October after our latest National touring exhibition, Making Ireland Modern, moves to Dublin.


Cork Folk Festival 1916 Commemorative event

Thursday 29th September, 1pm

Featuring ,Eoin Ó Riabhaigh Uilleann Pipes), Johnny MacCarthy (Fiddle), Máire Ní Chéileachair (Song).  The war pipes of Tomas McCurtain and a flute belonging to Neilus Cronin with be on display at the event. This is a free event.

Eoin Ó Riabhaigh son of Micheál Ó Riabhaigh, has played with Stokers Lodge with Jimmy Crowley, Dolores Keane, Mary Black and the great Iris DeMent. Today he enjoys teaching both at home and abroad and has recently released a long awaited debut album entitled ‘Tiomnacht’.

Máire Ní Chéileachair is an accomplished sean-nós singer. She inherited her love of singing from her family roots in Kilnamartyra.   Her singing has won many accolades including the Oireachtas Sean-Nós Na mBan trophy and a tribute to her commitment to sean-nós singing at Sean Nós Cois in 2013.

Johnny McCarthy is a fiddle and flute player extraordinaire. He studied at Cork School of Music and at the Zurich Conservatory under Jean Poulain he holds a degree in Ethnology from UCC. He has recorded with Pat Crowley and with the Four Star Trio.


Exhibition: From Acton Town to Cork City by Marcella Reardon.

Date: 11th of November- 16th of December: Free Entry

Acton Town to Cork City captures an arrested moment, a family in transit who attempt to find comfort in possession of the familiar. They return to their own country to find it has become unknown to them and which they must negotiate afresh.

It is an exhibition of photographs on the subject of the artist’s family return to Cork from London in the 1970’s.

“We were Irish emigrants, housed in a tower block called Charles Hocking House. It was a Utopian, but failed, social experiment. The building and the area declined rapidly. With this and events unfolding in Northern Ireland my parents decided to return to suburban Cork in 1972. “-Marcella Reardon

The work captured in these colourful and engaging images places a spotlight on the objects the artist came across while sifting through the various boxes that carried her family’s possessions as they embarked on their return journey to Cork.

In the artist’s first work using photography, we see a not only a change in form but also a breakthrough to a new frontier for Marcella- exploring identity, memory and the powerful charge of the found object; how these seemingly throw-away items create a weight when put into the context of personal connection, personal history.

This exhibition comes at a timely point here in St Peter’s Cork as we come to the close of the centenary year for the 1916 Rising, we have been closely examining the roots of our republic throughout the year. ‘Acton Town to Cork City’ is documenting another key period in Irish history and focusing on the artist’s own roots, which owing to the immigration story in our country’s history is a relatable topic for so many Irish families. It also shines a light on the current issue of global immigration, with so many lives in upheaval as they are uprooted from their homes and struggling to find security in new territory.


The exhibition runs from 11th November to 20th December. The Launch reception is on 11th November from 5.30pm.

Breakfast With Padraic

November 24th, 6pm

St Peter’s Cork

Breakfast With Padraic is a sideways glance at the 1916 Rising, and the shadow it has cast over our collective cultural consciousness. The evening is a balance of live poetry performance intertwined with video footage.

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