National Monument, Cork

National Monument, Cork

Bearing a stark resemblance to the Holy Trinity Church is the National Monument that stands statuesquely on the Grand Parade Street. Unveiled in 1906, the monument stands as a tribute to all the great Irish patriots and martyrs involved in the revolts of 1798, 1803, 1848 and 1867.

The foundation stone for the monument was laid on 2nd of October 1898 by the Mayor of Cork, Patrick Meade. The monument was chosen to be erected at the junction of Grand Parade and South Mall that was previously occupied by the statue of George II. Despite the foundation stone being in place since 1898, it was only 4 years hence that the building started taking shape. Fundraising for the monument proved very difficult and the locals were regarded as disrespectful and indifferent towards the country’s patriots and independence struggles.

Nevertheless in 1902, the job of designing the monument was given to the famous architect, D.J Coakley and John Francis Davis was asked to sculpt the figurines on the monument.

The design of this monument is early Irish Gothic styled. It is adorned with statues of Wolfe Tone, Michael Dwyers, Davis and O’Neill Crowley at the four corners of the monument and in the center, under the canopy is the eight feet high statue of Erin.

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National Monument on Map

Sight Name: National Monument
Sight Location: Cork, Ireland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Walking Tour of Grand Parade Street in Cork   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Cork, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Cork

Create Your Own Walk in Cork

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cork is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Down the Eastern Part of Cork Tour

Walking Down the Eastern Part of Cork Tour

The Eastern Part of Cork City is characterized by a mixture of old and new. Cork is the city that aims to evolve continuously while retaining its traditions. The upper side of of the city is a quiet sleeping area that wakes up only around the St. Patrick's Day. Walking down south you will notice the picture change to a more contemporary look. The suggested tour is to help you explore the East...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 Km or 0.8 Miles
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Cork is one of the biggest city in Ireland,also called “The Rebel City”. The cultural diversity of the city attracts thousand tourists every year. Find out what can you visit if you decided to go there by browsing this list of top tourist attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Walking Tour of Grand Parade Street in Cork

Walking Tour of Grand Parade Street in Cork

Grand Parade Street is one of the most famous and widest streets in Cork. The west side of Grand Parade is the old city wall built by Cork's earliest residents. In recent years the street has undergone major reconstruction, but its main attractions have stayed almost unchanged. Check this guide to the Grand Parade places worth visiting.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 Km or 0.2 Miles
Cork's Medieval and Contemporary Places of Attraction

Cork's Medieval and Contemporary Places of Attraction

The history of Cork is grand with great periods, ancient and present. This is reflected in the City's architecture and sites. One of Cork's originally preserved medieval sites is Red Abbey. This tour will take you to some of the City's greatest places, ancient and new.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Cork's West Side

Cork's West Side

The west side of Cork is considered the most ecological part of the city. Along the Lee river, you'll find some of the most important landmarks of the city, including the Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald Park, Cork City Gaol, and University College Cork. It's also a quiet area where you can enjoy a walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Cork Galleries and Museums Tour

Cork Galleries and Museums Tour

As one of the biggest cities in modern Ireland, Cork has gained much cultural diversity in recent years. You can see some of the fruits of this diversity at some of the city’s top art galleries, and learn about Cork’s rich heritage at several fascinating museums. Take our tour to get a cultural overview of the city of Cork, both past and present.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles