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Royal Cork Yacht Club, regatta, 1895. Image courtesy of the Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club, Queenstown/Cobh, 1854-1966

27th Aug - 19th Dec

Royal Cork Yacht Club, regatta, 1895. Image courtesy of the Royal Cork Yacht Club

Royal Cork Yacht Club, Queenstown/Cobh, 1854-1966

27 August – 19 December 2020

‘Royal Cork Yacht Club, Queenstown/Cobh, 1854-1966’ is an exhibition that brings together archive material, photographs and objects telling the story of the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The exhibition focuses on the period between 1854 and 1966, when the Royal Cork Yacht Club was based in the building currently occupied by Sirius, which operates as an arts centre. The exhibition is being produced in collaboration with the Royal Cork Yacht Club and Cobh Museum.

Sailing became popular in Cork Harbour in the early eighteenth century, and by 1720 William O’Brien, the 9th Lord Inchiquin, and five of his friends got together to establish ‘The Water Club of the Harbour of Cork’. Known today as the Royal Cork Yacht Club, this was the first yacht club in the world. In the mid-eighteenth century, a building was purposefully designed and constructed to accommodate the Royal Cork Yacht Club. This building evolved to be not only a key yachting centre but also a fundamental meeting place for Cork’s elite until the 1960s. The narratives around the Royal Cork Yacht Club, specifically this building, reflect the convoluted relationship between class, distinction and sport in the context of the British empire and its aftermath. 

Call for items

We already have some interesting items on loan from our partners, and we are now seeking additional contributions from the general public. We would like to know if there are any hidden gems out there in the community. As the current occupants of the building, we are especially keen to track down photographs featuring the interior and any documents relating to former staff.

If you have something of interest that you wish to share please email team@siriusartscente.ie, where you can reach the exhibition organisers.

Any piece brought forward will be treated with care. It might be featured in the exhibition, with the corresponding reference to the owner, and will be recorded and/or photographed/scanned, after which will form part of our own archive pertaining to the history of the building. Donations of original pieces are also welcome.