Commemorations to former Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney have taken place in Cork to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.
MacSwiney died on October 25th at Brixton Prison following 74 days on hunger strike.
The hunger strike of MacSwiney and of eleven republican prisoners inside Cork Men’s Gaol garnered attention from a global audience.
In Cork prayer vigils, public petitions, and periodic business shut-downs for ‘masses of intercession’ rocked the city through August, September, and October.
The crisis culminated with the deaths of Cork Gaol strike leader Michael Fitzgerald on 17 October, followed by Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney in London and Joseph Murphy in Cork, both on 25 October 1920.
Earlier today, Lord Mayor of Cork Joe Kavanagh was joined by Bishop Gavin & Archdeacon Adrian Wilkinson as he laid a wreath at the grave of former Lord Mayor, Terence MacSwiney.
Last night, City Hall was illuminated in the national colours to mark the centenary of the death by hunger strike of former Lord Mayor, Terence MacSwiney, Joe Murphy and Michael Fitzgerald.
The Interim President of University College Cork (UCC), Professor John O’Halloran laid a wreath at the gate of the old Cork Men’s Gaol to commemorate his death and remember all those who suffered during a tumultuous period of Irish history.
The tricolour on the UCC campus is being flown at half-mast from the Main Quad Tower all day Sunday, to mark the occasion.
Interim President, Professor John O’Halloran said: “One hundred years ago, this quiet intersection was the centre of an international storm. With this wreath laying we recall the deaths of Terence MacSwiney, Joseph Murphy, and Michael Fitzgerald, which occurred this week one hundred years ago, and honour their sacrifice for Irish independence. We also wish to remember the nine other republican prisoners who survived the hunger strike, albeit with physical and psychological scars.” Terence MacSwiney had been a member of the UCC Governing Body.