The War of Independence was a defining moment in Ireland’s history. Between 1919 and 1921, approximately 1,400 people died in the struggle for an independent Irish republic.
Cork city and county saw the bloodiest of the fighting. In total, 528 people of all backgrounds – including members of the public, Irish Volunteers, and British Forces – lost their lives directly due to the conflict in Cork.
Beyond the recognised memorials and major landmarks there are many more sites within Cork’s landscape where people lost their lives. Today, we walk by unaware of the tragedies that took place at these unmarked locations.
The photographs of contemporary artist Dara McGrath elevate these spaces as sites of memory for those individual lost lives. With accompanying texts, McGrath acknowledges the place and circumstances of their deaths, which bore so heavily on their communities and still resonate so powerfully today.