Portraits: Women of Cork and the U.S. Navy 1917-1919

Portraits: Women of Cork and the U.S. Navy 1917-1919
May 9, 2017 Clare
Portraits exhibition Sirius Cork Harbour Festival
  • June 3, 2017 - June 11, 2017
    10:00 - 17:00

Sirius Arts Centre
In 1917 thousands of American naval servicemen came to Ireland to participate in the First World War. Their interactions with local women, particularly in Cork where they were based, became a major social issue. Many Irish women ultimately married these American sailors, with Queenstown / Cobh in particular seeing a large number of weddings. Who were these women and what were their stories? New research to identify them using U.S. passport applications has revealed something of the past – and the portraits of many. The exhibition at Sirius Arts Centre will consider a number of these images, and the stories of those young women depicted.

Exhibition curated by Damian Shiels, Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd. Supported by the Port of Cork.

Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 11:00-17:00 / Sat-Sun 13:00-17:00


Image credit: Gertrude Caruso, 18, Queenstown, Co. Cork, Passport issued 20th June 1919. Copyright NARA (national Archives) and Ancestry.com.



Venue Website:

The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co. Cork