Battle for Cork, 1922

The Landscapes of Revolution Project teamed up with Professor Joanna Brück of the UCD School of Archaeology, Dr John Borgonovo of the UCC School of History and Niall Murray of the same institution to examine the archaeological evidence for the fighting that engulfed Passage West, Rochestown and Douglas in Cork following the amphibious landings by National Army troops in August 1922. The initial findings of this analysis are the subject of a forthcoming publication on 1922. The survey found significant survival relating to the fighting, in the form of bullet impact scars, destruction evidence, surviving defensive positions such as hedgerows, and upstanding buildings. The project aims to continue into the future, and has already received significant assistance from the Passage West Maritime Museum. The first major output of the project was a detailed map of the archaeological elements from the first two days fighting, which centred on Passage West and Rochestown. This is the most detailed map of the Battle for Cork yet produced, and highlights its immense potential for both further examination and interpretation. You can explore the map in detail by clicking on the image below.

As part of the centenary events for the landings at Passage West and the Battle for Cork, Professor Joanna Brück and Dave Swift (Claíomh) held an object recording day in Passage on 7th August 1922- the material brought in as part of that event can now also be explored on the Landscapes of Revolution site, by clicking here or exploring the individual Collection pages that have been set up at the links below.

Cork Blog Posts

A New Map of the Archaeological Landscape of the Battle for Cork, 1922

Family Memorabilia of the Revolutionary Period from Passage West & Surroundings

The Cork Mapping

The Archaeological Landscape of the Battle for Cork: Passage West & Rochestown- Click on image to enlarge (Landscapes of Revolution Project)

Battle for Cork Images

Outgoing and incoming bullet impact strikes relating to the Battle for Cork in 1922 identified by the Landscapes of Revolution Project
The location of an Anti-Treaty IRA machine-gun position during the Battle for Cork in 1922, identified by the Landscapes of Revolution Project
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