Circa 606 AD: St. Finbar establishes a monastic settlement in Cork.
Circa 820: First Viking raids on Cork.
846: Norse build a town at Cork
1172: Cork surrendered to Henry II by Diarmaid MacCartaigh, king of Desmond.
1177: Henry II grants kingdom of Cork to Robert Fitzstephen and Milo de Cogan, retaining control of the city and the cantred of the Ostmen.
1348: Black death in Cork.
1586: Plantation of Munster.
1588: Spanish Armada.
1601: Battle of Kinsale.
1641: Irish rising.
1690: Cork city beseiged and captured by the Duke of Marlborough.
1783: Waterway arched over to create Patrick's Street.
1789: St. Patrick's Bridge built.
1796: French attempt landing at Bantry Bay.
1798: Irish Rising.
1815: Foundation of St. George Steam Packet Company in Cork.
1838: Cork owned ship "Sirius" makes the first scheduled steam package to New York.
1845-1847: Great Famine.
1852: Cork Industrial Exhibition.
1864: Bronze statue of Fr. Mathew, by John Foley, unveiled on 10th October.
1867: Fenian Rising.
1882: Parnell Bridge built.
1884: Gaelic Athletic Association founded in the Victoria Hotel, Patrick's Street on 27 December.
1905: Carnegie Library opened on 12th September with a stock of 10,187 books.
1918-1921: Anglo Irish war.
1920:  Tomas MacCurtain, the first republican Mayor of Cork, murdered, on 20th March, by British forces. His successor, Terence MacSwiney, died on hunger strike in London on 25th October. Cork city and city hall burned by British forces on 12 December.
1921: Anglo Irish treaty signed, leading to a civil war between pro and anti treaty forces.
1936: New City Hall opened by Eamon De Valera on 8th September.
1941: Irish Shipping founded.
1961: Cork airport opens.
1984: Ringaskiddy declared a free port.
1985: Cork 800 celebrated.
2005: European City of Culture


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