If you look closely you can see the beginnings of Barrack Street.
A newly-commissioned artwork by archaeological illustrator, Philip Armstrong has been unveiled at Elizabeth Fort, offering an incredible depiction of what the city looked like circa 1624-26.
Long before Tom Barry’s, Pigalle and Alchemy arrived in the neighbourhood, a St. Patrick’s Saltire flag flies from the city walls near the South Gate Bridge, and you can also spot fish traps in the river, a gallows, and St. Laurence’s Church, the remains of which were unearthed by Dr. Maurice Hurley during archaeological excavations at the former Beamish and Crawford site.
The fascinating images of Cork in the 17th century are part of a new permanent exhibition developed as part of an EU Interreg project.
New audio tours
Visitors to Elizabeth Fort can also now avail of self-guided audio tours of the city’s star fort, produced by Abarta Audio Guides. Currently available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and German, an Irish and Italian guide will be added soon.
A new exhibition entitled ‘Walls, Women, Water’ by Deirdre Black & Associates (Oli and Mark Thompson Design) was launched at the fort earlier this week.
The permanent exhibition tells the story of the development of the fort – and of Cork – through maps, images and text. It also recounts the tragic story of the 150 female convicts and their children whose tragic last steps on dry land were from Elizabeth Fort to their ill-fated ship, ’The Neva’.
In their book, ‘The Wreck of The Neva’, Cal McCarthy and Kevin Todd recounted in detail how just six of the women from Elizabeth Fort survived.