Hamilton’s 19th Century Cork-town

Hamilton's Irish Cork-Town. Photo by @erskinec
Hamilton’s Irish Cork-Town. Photo by @erskinec

Hamilton’s 19th Century Cork-town

Today it is hard to imagine the land as the pre-famine Irish first experienced it.

The land between James and Wellington had been cleared by Richard Springer during the 1810s, but east of Wellington Street, there was still a dense forest.

When Miles O’Reilly moved into the heart of Cork-town in 1833, he complain about wolves still roaming the forest. The land was still very hilly and there were several streams coming down from the escapement. These streams would flood the area with the spring rains.

Published by Chris Erskine

Inspired by architecture and landscapes, my art explores our relationship to place, memory and identity. As a mid career artist, my art practice includes: painting, murals, short films, and sound art.

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