Cork people urged to show pride and decorate homes and businesses for centenary commemoration

Cork people urged to show pride and decorate homes and businesses for centenary commemoration

An Taoiseach Mícheál Martin with Dan Breen, Curator at Cork Public Museum viewing the 1920 commemorative exhibition Suffering The Most – The Life and Times of Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney at the Cork Public Museum. Picture Darragh Kane

Communities are being urged to show their Cork spirit by decorating their homes and businesses in honour of those who died in the county during 1920.

The Ballyphehane/Togher Centenary Committee had planned a programme of events for the 1920 commemorations, which have been curtailed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, by placing flags outside homes and businesses, the people of Cork can unite in displaying their pride while also adhering to the unprecedented restrictions for the centenary year.

The decorating will coincide with the anniversary of the 1920 hunger strikes, which claimed the lives of Michael Fitzgerald and Joe Murphy in Cork Gaol, as well as Terence MacSwiney.

It will also commemorate the assassination of Tómas MacCurtain in March 1920.

In light of the cancellation of many events, the committee has focused on honouring the patriots who have had roads named after them in their communities, such as Michael Fitzgerald, Patrick Trahey and Patrick O’Donoghue. Specific attention is being placed on commemorating the life of local man Joe Murphy who lived on Pouladuff Road.

Speaking on the commemorations, Secretary of the Ballyphehane/Togher Centenary Committee, Ciara O’Mahoney said: “Our initiative provides an opportunity for maximum participation by the people of Cork in the Centenary Commemoration whilst following public health guidelines. 

"It allows people to express their pride and pay a fitting tribute to our patriot dead from the safety of their own homes,” she said.

“In these challenging times, we can take inspiration from the vision, courage and sacrifice of our fallen heroes," added Ms O'Mahoney.

The Committee is asking all communities to take part in the commemorations by decorating homes and businesses with Cork and Irish flags from now until October 30.

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