Nuclear Free Zone

On the 69th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki we take a look back 25 years when Cork was declared a nuclear free zone.

Eileen Whelan reports for RTÉ News from Cork on the 44th Anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) has declared Cork a nuclear free zone. 

At the official declaration a sign declaring Cork a nuclear free zone is unveiled. This is the first of six such signs to be unveiled in Cork over the next month. Speakers at the event include a survivor of Hiroshima Noriko Kobayashi, who was just two years old when the bomb was dropped on her native Hiroshima. Also officiating at the event were the Lord Mayor of Cork Councillor Chrissie Aherne, and Bishop John Buckley.

CND hope that other cities will follow Cork's example as a nuclear free zone.

As a symbol of peace a flock of doves were released and music was supplied by members of the cast of 'Peace Child', a rock musical based on the survival of mankind.

A RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 August 1989.

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