Cork in History

Ireland: Dublin

Historical Events

  • 1497-07-26 "Edward IV's son" Perkin Warbeck's army lands in Cork
  • 1817-07-12 1st flower show held in Dannybrook, County Cork, Ireland
  • 1916-04-21 The Aud, carrying a cargo of 20,000 rifles to assist Irish republicans in staging what would become the 1916 Rising, is captured by the British Navy and forced to sail towards Cork Harbour

Famous Birthdays

  • 1566-10-13 Richard Boyle, Irish politician, 1st Earl of Cork, born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1643)
  • 1795-07-25 James Barry [Margaret Ann Bulkley], female disguised as a man, surgeon general (British army), born in County Cork, Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1796-07-18 Feargus O'Connor, Leader of English Chartists, born in County Cork (d. 1855)
  • 1806-01-25 Daniel Maclise, Irish painter, born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1870)
  • 1810-09-03 Paul Kane, Irish-Canadian painter, born in Mallow, County Cork, Ireland (d. 1871)
  • 1827-12-10 Eugene O'Keefe, Canadian businessman and brewer (O'Keefe Brewery Company of Toronto Limited), born in Bandon, County Cork (d. 1913)
  • 1830-05-01 Mother [Mary Harris] Jones, American labor organizer (cofounded Industrial Workers of the World), born in Cork City, Ireland (d. 1930)
  • 1830-12-22 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1912)
  • 1832-12-25 Thomas Alfred Smyth, Irish-American Major General (Union Army), born in County Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1865)
  • 1837-05-28 George Ashlin, Irish architect noted for his work on churches and cathedrals, born in County Cork, Ireland (d. 1921)
  • 1848-08-10 William Harnett, Irish-American painter (Old Violin), born in Clonakilty, County Cork, Ireland (d. 1892)
  • 1859-01-30 Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1944)
  • 1860-06-08 Alicia Boole Stott, Irish mathematician, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1940)
  • 1884-06-27 Forrester Harvey, Irish actor (Rebecca, Tarzan, Chump at Oxford), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1945)
  • 1889-05-24 Creighton Hale, Irish actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1965)

Person of interestMichael Collins

1890-10-16 Michael Collins, Irish revolutionary leader and leading figure in the struggle for Irish independence in the early 20th century, born in Clonakilty, Ireland (d. 1922)

Revolutionary, soldier, and politician Michael Collins
Revolutionary, soldier, and politician
Michael Collins
  • 1900-02-22 Seán Ó Faoláin [John Whelan], Irish short story writer (Murder at Cobbler's Hulk), born in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland (d. 1991)
  • 1917-04-09 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer (6 x Epsom Derby; 2 x British champion trainer; only British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky 1970), born in Churchtown, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1917-08-15 Jack Lynch, Irish politician, fourth Taoiseach, born in Shandon, Cork, Ireland (d. 1999)
  • 1920-04-30 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • 1923-04-08 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1997)
  • 1931-08-01 Seán Ó Riada [John Reidy], Irish composer (Mise Éire), born in Cork City (d. 1971)
  • 1937-02-22 Noel Murphy, Irish rugby union player, born in County Cork, Ireland
  • 1947-05-09 Anthony Higgins, British actor (A Walk with Love and Death , Something for Everyone), born in East Northamptonshire, England
  • 1952-04-13 Jonjo O'Neill, Irish racehorse trainer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1955-07-06 William Wall, Irish writer (This is the Country), born in Cork City, Ireland
  • 1958-07-10 Fiona Shaw, Irish actress and theatre and opera director, born in County Cork, Munster, Ireland
  • 1976-05-25 Cillian Murphy, Irish actor (28 Days Later), born in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland
  • 1976-07-07 Dominic Foley, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1977-12-13 Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1978-10-08 Mick O'Driscoll, Irish rugby player, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1979-09-05 George O'Callaghan, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1981-02-13 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 2018)
  • 1992-05-20 Jack Gleeson, Irish actor (Game of Thrones), born in Cork

Famous Deaths

  • 1643-09-15 Richard Boyle, Irish politician, 1st Earl of Cork, dies at 76