Cork International Exhibition (1902)

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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.


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[edit]


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[edit]


  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.