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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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Sight Name: National Monument
Sight Location: Cork, Ireland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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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.
Cork Introduction Walk

Cork Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 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 Heritage Pub Trail

Cork Heritage Pub Trail

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Cork Pubs and Bars Tour

Cork Pubs and Bars Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Cork Nightlife Tour

Cork Nightlife Tour

A good time is never hard to find in the city of Cork. The densely packed city center offers a variety of entertainment to suit any tastes, and all of them within a reasonable walking distance from one another. Whether it be a traditional pub setting with patrons singing Irish songs over a pint of Guinness, a hot night of dancing to live DJ sets, or a live rock band bringing down the house, Cork...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Cork's West Side

Cork's West Side

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles