2021 Festival – Episode 14.
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Dublin City Library and Archive hosts a lecture with David Dickson, titled ‘Dublin v. Cork: A Tale of Two Eighteenth-Century Cities’
To citizens of Dublin, their city has always been unquestionably the most important urban centre in the country. To citizens of Cork, this has never been entirely accepted. In the eighteenth century both cities far outgrew their medieval shells to become major European ports, each with a vastly expanded population. But they remained very different places, Dublin the political centre and a ‘court city’, Cork the commercial centre and a ‘merchant city’.
Does this explain why in the tumultuous politics of the 1790s things turned out so very differently in the two cities?
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