An Taoiseach Micheál Martin is visiting Cork city this evening to open a new 1920 Centenary exhibition.
He will also pay a courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh at City Hall.
As a former Lord Mayor of Cork himself, the Taoiseach was invited by the Lord Mayor to address a meeting of Council but due to public health guidelines this was cancelled.
Earlier today Micheál Martin visited the Global Shares Headquarters in the West Cork Technology Park, Clonakilty, for a tour of the facility and a jobs announcement.
Following that he headed for Cork city where he is now visiting the Cork Public Museum to officially open the exhibition “Suffering the Most – The Life and Times of Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney”.
It tells the story of Cork City’s first two Republican Lord Mayors, set against the backdrop of the local and national events of the War of Independence.
Fionnuala Mac Curtain and Cathal Brugha MacSwiney, descendants of the exhibition’s subjects, the two martyred Lord Mayors, met him also.
Separately at the Museum, he enjoyed a private viewing of the Jack Lynch Collection and met with former senator and Cork City Councillor Máirín Quill. Ms. Quill and her family gifted the Seamus Murphy-sculpted bust of Éamon de Valera, which stands outside Cork Public Museum, to the people of Cork in 2016, to mark that centenary year.
To mark the occasion, Dan Breen (Museum Curator), will present Mr. Martin with a framed photograph of Éamon de Valera’s secret visit to the Museum in 1946, where de Valera viewed an exhibition on 1916 with then Museum curator, Professor Michael J. O’Kelly.
Following this, the Taoiseach will pay a courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor at City Hall, and will be presented with a copy of “Witness to Murder” a joint publication from the Irish Examiner and Cork City Council on the inquest into the murder of Tomás Mac Curtain, before proceeding to view the “Cork 1920 – The Burning of a City” exhibit in St. Peter’s on North Main Street.
Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Joe Kavanagh said: “It’s an honour to have the Taoiseach formally restart Cork’s 1920 commemorations that were put on hold by Covid-19. The remainder of this year presents a unique opportunity for the people of Cork City and beyond to respectfully remember the landmark, but often very difficult events that took place in Cork in 1920; events which had such a lasting impact on our country.
“We are experiencing difficult times now but as a city and county, we have always proven our resilience.”