The centenary of Ireland's first Dáíl is marked in Cork

The centenary of Ireland's first Dáíl is marked in Cork
Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan, Mayor of the County of Cork and Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, at the launch of ‘Dáil 100’ Exhibition, part of Dáil100 celebrations, at County Hall. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

The role of the first members of Dáil Éireann from Cork was highlighted as ‘Dáil 100’ was launched regionally for the first time, on Leeside.

The launch of the exhibition at Cork County Council Offices, is part of a programme of events designed to commemorate the first public sitting of Dáil Éireann in 1919.

The arrival of the regional exhibition is part of celebrations to mark 100 years of Irish Parliamentary democracy and educate the general public about the role and importance of the Irish Parliament.

By bringing this exhibition to Cork, the Houses of the Oireachtas is following on from fully-subscribed open days enjoyed by, young and old, in Leinster House in January.

Cork County Council Headquarters, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road is the first location outside of Dublin to host ‘Dáil 100’.

The exhibition Dail 100 was jointly launched on Leeside by the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan and Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said: “As we celebrate its 100 anniversary we know that Dáil Éireann never lost sight of its guiding principles; rather it has continually adapted to keep abreast of the many new challenges it has faced throughout the following ten decades.” 

In 1919, nine of the first TD’s elected were from Cork; James Joseph Walsh; Liam de Róiste; David Rice Kent; Terence J. MacSwiney; Patrick O'Keeffe; Thomas Hunter; Michael Collins; Diarmuid Christopher Lynch and Seán Hayes.

The Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. O’Sullivan said: “The Dáil 100’ exhibition is a great resource which the people of Cork, and tourists, will have on their doorstep for the next six weeks.”

The exhibition is open to the public during the months of June and July between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

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