By Tim Lambert

Early Cork

9th Century The Vikings found a town at Cork

1172 Cork is surrendered to the English king

1185 Cork is given a charter

1349 Cork is devastated by the Black Death. However it soon recovers.

1491 A usurper named Perkin Warbeck arrives in Cork. The citizens of Cork support his rebellion against Henry VII.

1649 Oliver Cromwell captures Cork. It is a flourishing town with a population of about 5,000.

1690 Cork is captured by the forces of William of Orange. Afterwards the town walls are destroyed.

1726 Christ Church is built

1750 The Buttermarket is built

1766 South Chapel is built

19th Century Cork

1806 Parliament Bridge is built

1825 Cork gains gas light

1835 The Court House is built

1836 St Patricks Cathedral is built

1841 The Cork Examiner is first published

1849 The railway reaches Cork. University College opens.

1850 The population of Cork has risen to about 50,000. Huge numbers of people emigrate through Cork.

1852 An Irish Industrial Exhibition is held in Cork

1857 Mercy Hospital is founded

1870 St Fin Barre's Cathedral is consecrated

1877 The first fire brigade in Cork is formed.

1892 The first public library in Cork opens

20th Century Cork

1906 The National Monument is erected

1917 Henry Ford opens a car factory in Cork

1920 The Black and Tans burn part of the city centre

1924 The Buttermarket closes

1926 Dalys Bridge is built

1937 Christ the King Church opens

1961 Cork Airport opens

1965 Cork Opera House opens

1971 Parnell Bridge is built

1977 Trinity Bridge is built

1978 The first Cork Jazz Festival is held

1979 Triskel Arts Centre opens

1980 The Ford factory closes

1984 Michael Collins Bridge is built

1985 City Park opens. The Butter Museum opens. Neptune Stadium is built.

1989 The National Sculpture Factory opens. Merchants Quay Shopping Centre opens.

1999 Cork Airport Business Park opens. Jack Lynch Tunnel opens.

2005 Cork is European City of Culture

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