School Resource Packs: Cork 1912-1918

Resource Pack 6: 1916 Rising In Cork

8 Cork City & County Archives: Through War and Rebellion: Cork 1912-1918

Quick Quiz: 1. Why did Bishop Cohalan write the letter? 2. What assurance did the Bishop get from the Volunteers on April 24 th ? 3. How many days later did the Lord Mayor and Bishop meet a military gentleman? 4. By May 2 nd the Bishop was angry with the Military. Why?

5. The Lord Mayor had taken possession of the arms. What happened to them? 6. On page 4 of the document the Bishop was very concerned for one prisoner. Why? 7. See if you can find out who this prisoner was and what happened to him? 8. On May 8 th the military were searching for arms. According to a hand written note on the side what had been done to the guns before they were handed up? 9. The Bishop was full of praise for the ‘military gentleman’* who had negotiated with him. According to the handwritten note was this opinion shared by everyone? 10. In your opinion did the Bishop and the Lord Mayor do the right thing? Explain why you think this.

*For further information on the ‘military gentleman’ see note in the Transcriptions document

Further research and sources:


This copy letter is from collection U156 Riobárd Langford Papers:

Several copies of the Cork Free Press for 1916, reporting on the Rising and its aftermath, occur in collection SM716:

Much correspondence regarding Cork’s role in 1916 and subsequent commemoration and issuing of medals occurs in collection PR6 Seamus Fitzgerald Papers:

Several collections relating to Terence MacSwiney are held at the Archives and may be browsed on the catalogue, eg:


Descriptive lists for the Langford, newspaper, and Fitzgerald collections are on this site:

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