On Saturday 2/7/16, Minister of State at the Dept. of Justice and Equality, Mr. David Stanton TD, performed the official opening of our Cruise Liner / Lusitania Exhibition at the Cobh Maritime Building at Cobh Rail Station.
The exhibition is the culmination of a project to photograph all the cruise liner visits to Cork harbour during the 2015 season which amounted to 33 ships and 57 visits. Added to this was a number of images from the Lusitania Centenary Events that were held in May of the same year.
A gallery of images from each visit was posted to the project webpage which by the end of the project contained over 1,000 images. Ideas for an exhibition soon began to emerge and when the idea was initially suggested, the Port of Cork's Mr. Michael McCarthy responded positively and made the Cobh Maritime Building available to us for the month of July 2016.
Planning soon got under way resulting in 46 frames containing over 100 images which were expertly printed, mounted and framed by Don Magee and his staff at Art and Frame, Model Farm Road, Cork. Added to this was a companion exhibition book available in print and as an e-book along with a free Exhibition App for mobile devices - all available from the club website.
In keeping with the maritime theme of this exhibition, we are delighted to make the Royal National Lifeboat Institution a beneficiary of the event and encourage all people visiting this free exhibition to make a donation in the RNLI collection box provided.
The exhibition exists because of a lot of good will, a lot of hours spent on it and a big commitment from a lot of people. Thanks to the ECCG committee as well as the members who contributed to the projects from the submission of images and dealing with the logistics of actually putting an exhibition like this together. Particular thanks is due to Finbarr O'Shea and Eileen Upton who actually put the exhibition in place.
Thanks to Mr. Michael McCarthy of Port of Cork, Cork County Council’s Cobh and East Cork Municipal Districts, Ben and the staff at the Maritime Building and all our sponsors (see the exhibition webpage for a full list), without whom, the exhibition could not have happened.
Finally, thanks tro our caterers, Days of Whitegate and our pianist, Ursula O'Tuama, who added a real sense of occasion to the opening.