The Irish Louvain

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When: 13 December 1920

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While we didn’t manage to identify yesterday’s military man, today we know the where, the when, and the why. The burning of the centre of Cork city by Crown forces in 1920 was a monstrous act of vandalism. This fine Hogan-Wilson photograph gives some idea of the scale and the devastation inflicted!

Just to remind people that there is an important exhibition of photographs from this period in Irish history showing in the National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Dublin entitled “From Turmoil to Truce”

Photographer: W. D. Hogan

Collection: Hogan Wilson Collection

Date: Circa 13 December 1920

NLI Ref.: HOGW 100

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    Dr. Ilia

    • 11/Dec/2019 09:00:10


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    Carol Maddock

    • 11/Dec/2019 09:06:30

    Perfect timing, Morning Mary. This devastation was wrought on the night of 11/12 December 1920. And we think from research for our current exhibition at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar that this photograph was taken around 13 December 1920.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 11/Dec/2019 09:09:14

    Patrick Street looking north towards the river. The building on the left is now Dunnes Stores.

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    • 11/Dec/2019 09:28:32

    A challenge! Which photo was taken first? ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 11/Dec/2019 10:01:15

    The car at left is a PI reg, Cork city. Could be PI 756 or 786.

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    • 11/Dec/2019 10:28:11

    Mr Hogan went up a nearby high building too - And flickr is sometimes amazing! Another photographer (or was it Mr Hogan?) was up high also - see how the crowds are being kept back ... []via []

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    • 11/Dec/2019 15:26:12

    Great 👍

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    • 11/Dec/2019 20:36:38

    Three months later, in March 1921, it was not so "Louvain" looking, and the 'Dispensing Chemist' facade had fallen down ...

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    Rhisiart Hincks

    • 19/Dec/2019 09:21:43

    Is uafásach an scríos a rinneadh agus is maith go bhfuil an grianghraf seo le feiscint ar Flickr inniu.