Lord Mayor of Cork
The Lord Mayor of Cork is the honorific title of the Chairman (Irish: Cathaoirleach) of Cork City Council which is the local government body for the city of Cork in Ireland. The incumbent is Terry Shannon of Fianna Fáil. The office holder is elected annually by the members of the Council.
History of office
In 1199 there is a record of the appointment of a Provost of Cork, as chief magistrate of the city. From 1273 under Edward I there were Mayors of Cork, the first record of the office (as Mayor of Cork) is in a charter granted to the city by Edward II in 1318. The title was changed to Lord Mayor in a charter issued by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900; unlike his counterparts, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Lord Mayor of Belfast, the Cork Lord Mayor was not entitled to title The Right Honourable. The title Lord Mayor defines the power of a city when compared to other towns and cities around the country. Only Dublin, Belfast and Cork have the privilege of using the title Lord Mayor, as opposed to just simply Mayor.
In a ceremony known as Throwing the Dart, the Lord Mayor throws a dart into Cork Harbour at its boundaries, to symbolise the city's control over the port. This tradition was first recorded in 1759, although it is probably older.
Election to the office
The Lord Mayor is elected to office annually by councillors of Cork City Council from amongst its members. The current Lord Mayor is Cllr. Terry Shannon of Fianna Fáil. The position of Lord Mayor has been rotated between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party on an annual basis since 1979 as a result of a controversial pact between the three parties. 
Former office holders
This is a list of former Mayors and Lord Mayors.
Provost of Cork
Year Name During Reign of 1199 John Despencer King John 1236 Walter Eynoff Henry III 1249 Elias Stakepole Henry III 1251 John Wenchedon Henry III 1252 Walter Wright Henry III 1272 Nick Morren Henry III
Mayors of Cork
Year Name Party Notes 1272 Richard Morren During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1273 Richard Wine During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1274 Richard Lee During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1279 Walter Tardiff During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1281 Walter Rute During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1285 Peter Russel During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1287 William Pollard During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1290 Walter Tardiff During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1291 Walter O'Heyn During the reign of King Edward I of England. 1293 John Lavallen During the reign of King Edward II of England. 1310 John Walters During the reign of King Edward II of England. 1311 William Bond During the reign of King Edward II of England. 1312 Nich. de la Weily During the reign of King Edward II of England. 1379 David Miagh During the reign of King Richard II of England. 1381 David Miagh During the reign of King Richard II of England. 1644 Robert Coppinger 1645 James Lombard 1645–1655 During Cromwellian usurpation. 1656 John Hodder 1st Mayor after the Act of Settlement that restored King Charles II of England. 1657 William Hodder 1658 Philip Mathews 1659 Jonas Morris 1660 Christopher Oliver 1661 Walter Cooper 1662 Richard Covert First Mayor of Cork from the Huguenot community 1663 James Vandeleur 1664 Richard Bassen 1665 Nobler Dunscombe 1666 Thomas Farren 1667 Christopher Rye 1668 Christopher Rye 1669 Mathew Deane 1670 James Finch 1671 John Newenham 1672 John Hawkins 1673 Thomas Mills 1674 John Bayley 1675 George Wright 1676 William Field 1677 Timothy Tuckey 1678 Thomas Kitchenman 1679 John Bayley 1680 Robert Rogers 1681 William Alwin 1682 Richard Covert Second Term. His name is sometimes anglicised as Covett. 1683 John Wright 1684 Edward Webber 1685 Christopher Crofts 1686 Edward Hoare 1687 William Ballard King James II of England also appointed Ignatius Gold. Would be mayor in 1690 also. 1687 Ignatius Gold For King James II. He and his family forfeited estates in Ireland after James loss. Last Catholic to hold the post until William Lyons. 1688 Patrick Roach For King William 1689 Dominick Sarsfield Fourth Viscount Sarsfield 1690 William Ballard 1691 Mathew Deane Baronet from Charleville, son served as an MP Cork as did his son. 1692 Daniel Crone 1693 William Howell 1694 Peter Renew Huguenot also served as Sheriff in 1681. Surname originally Renieu. 1695 Samuel Love Castle Saffron near Doneraile. 1696 James French 1697 William Roberts 1698 William Goddard Mayor of the Staple of Cork 1699 Theo. Morris 1700 John Sealy 1701 Simon Dring Surname sometimes listed as Tiring. 1702 John Whiting 1703 Edmund Knapp Served as M.P. for. Cork City, 1715–27 1704 William Andrews A former Sheriff in 1698. 1705 Francis Cotterel A former Sheriff in 1700. 1706 Bernard Poye A former Sheriff in 1707. 1707 Joseph Franklin 1708 Row. Delahoyde 1709 Noblet Rogers A former Sheriff in 1706 1710 Edward Hoare A former Sheriff in 1707 also served as M.P. for. Cork City. 1711 Richard Philips A former Sheriff. 1712 Daniel Perdian Huguenot also served as Sheriff in 1704. Surname originally Perdriau. 1713 John Allen 1714 Edward Browne 1715 Philip French Previously served as a sheriff in 1712. 1716 William Lambley Previously served as a sheriff. 1717 Abraham French Previously served as a sheriff. 1718 John Morley Previously served as a sheriff. 1719 John Terry Previously served as a sheriff in 1711. 1720 Joseph Lavit Huguenot also served as Sheriff in 1713. Surname also spelled Lavite. 1721 William Hawkins 1722 Daniel Pearse 1723 Ed. Brockelsby 1724 George Bennett 1725 Ambrose Cremore 1726 Robert Atkins 1727 Thomas Browne 1728 Hugh Millard 1729 John Atkins 1730 Joseph Austin 1731 James Hulett 1732 Samuel Croker 1733 Thomas Pembroke 1734 George Fuller Freeman of cork, elected alderman 1727. 1735 Amb. Jackson 1736 Thomas Farren 1737 John Baldwin 1738 Adam Newman 1739 William Fuller 1740 Harding Parker 1741 Richard Bradshaw 1742 William Owgans 1743 Randall Westropp 1744 William Winthrop 1745 Walter Lavit Huguenot son of Joseph, also served as Sheriff in 1733 1800 Philip Allen 1801 Michael Robert Westropp 1802 Michael Robert Westropp re-elected 1803 Richard Lane 1804 Thomas Wagget 1805 Charles Evanson 1806 Rowland Morrison 1807 John Day 1808 Thomas Harding 1809 John Foster 1810 Noblett Johnson 1811 Paul Maylor 1812 Thomas Dorman 1813 Peter Dumas 1814 Sir David Perrier 1815 Henry Sadlier 1816 John George Newsom 1817 Edward Allen 1818 Thomas Gibbings 1819 Richard Digby 1820 Isaac Jones 1821 Sir Anthony Perrier Huguenot and noted for Distillation method. 1822 Edward Newsom 1823 Henry Bagnell Merchant 1824 Bartholomew Gibbings 1825 John N. Wrixon 1826 Thomas Harrison 1827 Richard N. Parker 1828 Thomas Dunscombe Blackrock Observatory Built during his term 1829 Thomas Pope 1830 George Knapp 1831 Joseph Garde 1832 John Besnard Huguenot / Weaver 1833 Joseph Leycester Conservative 1834 Charles Perry 1835 Andrew Spearing 1836 Peter Besnard Huguenot / Weaver 1837 John Saunders 1838 John Bagnell 1839 Lionel J. Westropp 1840 James Lane 1841 Juilius Besnard Huguenot / Weaver 1842 Thomas Lyons Merchant 1843 Francis Bernard Beamish Repeal Association From the brewing family. 1844 William Fagan Repeal Association/Whig 1845 Richard Dowden 1846 Andrew F. Roche 1847 Edward Hackett Died in Office 1847 Andrew Roche Replaced Hackett 1848 William Lyons First Catholic Mayor of Cork since 1688.
Father of Robert Spencer Dyer Lyons MP and physician.
1849 Sir William Lyons re-elected and Knighted on royal visit. 1850 John Shea 1851 James Lambkin 1852 William Hackett 1853 John Francis Maguire Became an MP for Dungarvan then Cork City 1854 John N. Murphy 1855 Sir John Gordon 1856 William Fitzgibbon 1857 William Fitzgibbon 1858 Daniel Donegan 1859 John Arnott Liberal Businessman born in Scotland, founder of the Arnotts department chain. 1860 Sir John Arnott Liberal He was Knighted 1861 Sir John Arnott Liberal Served as an MP for Kinsale 1862 John Francis Maguire Liberal also an MP 1863 John Francis Maguire Liberal 1864 John Francis Maguire Liberal 1865 Charles J. Cantillon 1866 Francis Lyons Liberal 1867 Francis Lyons Liberal 1868 Francis Lyons Liberal 1869 Daniel O'Sullivan 1870 William Hegarty 1871 John Daly Home Rule League 1872 John Daly Irish Parliamentary Party 1873 John Daly Irish Parliamentary Party 1874 Daniel A. Nagle 1875 Daniel A. Nagle 1876 George Penrose Knighted 1877 Barry J. Sheehan 1878 William V. Greeg 1879 Patrick Kennedy 1880 Patrick Kennedy 1881 Sir Daniel V. O'Sullivan Grandfather of Maureen O'Sullivan Actress 1882 Daniel J. Galvin 1883 Daniel J. Galvin 1884 Daniel J. Galvin Until June replaced 1884 Barry J. Sheehan From June 1885 Paul J. Madden 1886 Paul J. Madden 1887 John O'Brien 1888 John O'Brien 1889 Daniel Ryan 1890 Daniel Horgan Irish National League 1891 Daniel Horgan Irish National League Nationalist supported Charles Stewart Parnell in Irish Parliamentary Party split 1892 Daniel Horgan Irish National League 1893 Augustine Roche Irish Parliamentary Party Supported Parnell in split 1894 Augustine Roche Irish Parliamentary Party 1895 Patrick H. Meade 1896 Sir John Scott Unionist 1897 Patrick H. Meade 1898 Patrick H. Meade 1899–1900 Eugene Crean Irish Parliamentary Party last officeholder before title was changed
Lord Mayors of Cork
Year Name Party Notes 1901 Edward Fitzgerald Created a baronet "of Geraldine Place in the Parish of St Finbarr, in the City and County of Cork" 7 September 1903 1902 Edward Fitzgerald 1903 Sir Edward FitzGerald, Bt.. 1904 Augustine Roche Irish Parliamentary Party MP for Cork 1905–1910 1905 Joseph Barrett 1906 Joseph Barrett 1907 Richard Cronin 1908 Thomas Donovan 1909 Thomas Donovan 1910 Thomas Donovan 1911 Henry O'Shea 1911 James Simcox All-for-Ireland League 1912 James Simcox All-for-Ireland League 1912 Henry O'Shea Irish Parliamentary Party Redmondite IPP 1913 Henry O'Shea Irish Parliamentary Party 1914 Henry O'Shea Irish Parliamentary Party 1915 Henry O'Shea Irish Parliamentary Party 1916 Thomas C. Butterfield 1917 Thomas C. Butterfield 1918 Thomas C. Butterfield 1919 William F. O'Connor 1920 Tomás Mac Curtain Sinn Féin First Sinn Féin Lord Mayor, shot dead by members of the
Royal Irish Constabulary during the Irish War of Independence
1920 Terence MacSwiney Sinn Féin MacCurtain's successor, died in hunger strike in Brixton Prison 1920 Donal O'Callaghan Sinn Féin 1921 Donal O'Callaghan Sinn Féin 1922 Donal O'Callaghan Sinn Féin 1923 Donal O'Callaghan Sinn Féin 1924 Seán French Sinn Féin Cork TD, Longest serving Lord Mayor of Cork
since the foundation of the state
1925 Seán French Sinn Féin 1926 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1927 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1928 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1929 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1930 Frank Daly Fianna Fáil 1931 Frank Daly Fianna Fáil 1932 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1933 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1934 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1935 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1936 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1937 Seán French Fianna Fáil Died in office 1937 James Hickey Labour Party 1938 James Hickey Labour Party 1939 James Hickey Labour Party 1940 William Desmond Fine Gael 1941 John Horgan Fine Gael 1942 James Allen 1942 Richard Anthony Labour Party 1943 James Hickey Labour Party 1944 Seán Cronin 1945 Michael Sheehan Independent 1946 Michael Sheehan Independent 1947 Michael Sheehan Independent 1948 Michael Sheehan Independent 1949 Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil 1950 Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil 1951 Walter Furlong Fianna Fáil 1952 Patrick McGrath Fianna Fáil 1953 Patrick McGrath Fianna Fáil 1954 Patrick McGrath Fianna Fáil 1955 Patrick McGrath Fianna Fáil 1956 Seán Casey Labour Party 1957 Richard (Val) Jago Fianna Fáil 1958 Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil 1959 Jane Dowdall Fianna Fáil First female Lord Mayor of Cork 1960 Stephen D. Barrett Fine Gael 1961 Anthony Barry Fine Gael 1962 Seán Casey Labour Party 1963 Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil 1964 Gus Healy Fianna Fáil 1965 Cornelius Desmond Labour Party 1966 Seán Casey Labour Party Died in office 1966 Seán McCarthy Fianna Fáil 1967 Pearse Wyse Fianna Fáil 1968 John Bermingham Fine Gael 1969 Thomas Pearse Leahy Labour Party 1970 Peter Barry Fine Gael Former Minister for Foreign Affairs 1971 Timothy J. O'Sullivan Fine Gael 1972 Seán O'Leary Fine Gael 1973 Patrick Kerrigan Labour Party 1974 Pearse Wyse Fianna Fáil 1975 Gus Healy Fianna Fáil 1976 Seán French Fianna Fáil 1977 Gerald Goldberg Fianna Fáil First Jewish Lord Mayor of Cork 1978 Brian C. Sloane Fianna Fáil 1979 Jim Corr Fine Gael 1980 Toddy O'Sullivan Labour Party 1981 Paud Black Fianna Fáil 1982 Hugh Coveney Fine Gael Minister for Defence & Minister for the Marine 1983 John Dennehy Fianna Fáil 1984 Liam Burke Fine Gael 1985 Dan Wallace Fianna Fáil 1986 Gerry O'Sullivan Labour Party Labour Party TD and Minister of State for the Marine. 1987 Thomas Brosnan Fianna Fáil 1988 Bernard Allen Fine Gael 1989 Chrissie Aherne Fianna Fáil 1990 Frank Nash Labour Party 1991 Denis Cregan Fine Gael 1992 Micheál Martin Fianna Fáil Former Minister for Foreign Affairs 1993 John Murray Labour Party 1994 Tim Falvey Fianna Fáil 1995 Joe O'Callaghan Labour Party 1996 Jim Corr Fine Gael 1997 Dave McCarthy Fianna Fáil 1998 Joe O'Flynn Labour Party 1999 Damian Wallace Fianna Fáil Son of Dan Wallace, Lord Mayor in 1985 2000 P. J. Hourican Fine Gael 2001 Tom O'Driscoll Fianna Fáil 2002 John Kelleher Labour Party 2003 Colm Burke Fine Gael 2004 Seán Martin Fianna Fáil 2005 Deirdre Clune Fine Gael 2006 Michael Ahern Labour Party 2007 Donal Counihan Fianna Fáil 2008 Brian Bermingham Fine Gael Son of John Bermingham, Lord Mayor in 1968 2009 Dara Murphy Fine Gael 2010 Mick O'Connell Labour Party 2011 Terry Shannon Fianna Fáil
- ^ Chairman note: per section 32 of the Local Government Act, 2001: (3) Where titles are continued in accordance with subsection (1), the holders of the offices concerned shall, as appropriate, be styled— (b) in the case of Cork City Council, in the Irish language “Ard-Mhéara Chathair Chorcaí” and “Leas Ard-Mhéara Chathair Chorcaí”, and in the English language “Lord Mayor of the City of Cork” and “Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Cork”.
- ^ "Cork City Council elects new Lord Mayor". Cork City Council. http://www.corkcity.ie/news/mainbody,45813,en.html. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
- ^ a b Samuel Lewis, ed (1840). A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland. 2 (2 ed.). London: S Lewis & Co. p. 408. http://books.google.ie/books?id=3MQ_AAAAcAAJ&lpg=PA408&ots=pX_EzSbDfE&dq=%22provost%20of%20cork%22&pg=PA408#v=onepage&q=%22provost%20of%20cork%22&f=false.
- ^ List of charters issued to Cork city
- ^ Mayor throws down gauntlet Irish Examiner
- ^ http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2006/06/22/story6569.asp
- ^ List of Mayors/Lord Mayors of Cork City
- ^ List of Mayors Cork City Council Website.
- ^ a b c d e "Mayors of Cork". Cork City Council. 2009. http://www.corkcity.ie/yourcouncil/mayorsofcork/. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
- ^ Cork Mayors
- ^ London Gazette: . 11 September 1903.
- ^ Costello elected as Dublin mayor Irish Times
- ^ "Mick O'Connell elected Mayor of Cork". RTÉ News. 24 June 2010. http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0624/mayor.html.
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