The Cork Exhibition opened in an area of Cork city which is now known as Thomas Davis Bridge, on the 1st of May, 1902.
The idea to hold the Exhibiton was proposed by then Lord Mayor of Cork, Edward Fitzgerald.
It was inspired by a number of similar exhibitions which had taken place in cities such as Dublin and London, which hosted the Great Crystal Palace Exhibition.
The Exhibition was intended to showcase the greatest innovations in industry, art, and agriculture from all over the globe. The plans were ambitions and impressive. The grounds of the Exhibiton consisted of pavillions, kiosks, and tea gardens.
The Cork Exhibition closed on the 1st of November 1902 but was soon followed by another in 1903 which was visited by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.