Relatives of historical Cork figures announced to lead Patrick's Day Parade

Relatives of historical Cork figures announced to lead Patrick's Day Parade
Fionnuala MacCurtain, granddaughter of former Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomás MacCurtain, with her grandchildren Bailey Aldana, Leah-Mai Hartnett-MacCurtain and Donnacha MacCurtain pictured at the launch of the Cork St. Patrick’s Festival. Picture: Clare Keogh  

The theme of this year's Parade is 'A City Rising 1920-2020' and to reflect their ancestor's importance in 1920, the descendants of the Tomás MacCurtain and Terence McSwiney families will make up the Grand Marshal group.

Speaking of the Cork St Patrick’s Festival programme, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan said the Parade is an important part of the centenary commemorations taking part all over the country this year. 

"We are very honoured that our Grand Marshal is made up of descendants of former Lord Mayors of Cork, Tomás McCurtain and Terence McSwiney, who both played a pivotal role in shaping the history of our city.

"Cork has a lot to celebrate as our city is marking our past and looking towards our future in this significant year of 2020," he said.

Fionnuala MacCurtain, granddaughter of former Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomás MacCurtain, with her granddaughter Leah-Mai Hartnett-MacCurtain pictured at the launch of the Cork St. Patrick’s Festival. Picture: Clare Keogh  
Fionnuala MacCurtain, granddaughter of former Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomás MacCurtain, with her granddaughter Leah-Mai Hartnett-MacCurtain pictured at the launch of the Cork St. Patrick’s Festival. Picture: Clare Keogh  

"Cork is central to the country-wide plans to mark the centenary of the War of Independence. 

"But as well as looking back this year we are looking forward to a city on the rise, a city that is an incredible place for culture, business and diversity. 

"The Cork St Patrick’s Festival allows us to celebrate all that is great about this city," the Lord Mayor continued. 

Cork St Patrick’s Festival runs from 13–17 March with a packed programme of events celebrating Irishness in all its forms. 

A wide range of groups representing the rich culture of this city will take part in the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade, including the Cork Barrack Street Band, Mexican Community in Cork and Rebel Wheelers. 

International groups, including the Gillette College Energy City Voices from Wyoming and the Cork- Cologne Twinning Society will partake in this year's festival. 

Cork and Cologne are sister cities for over 30 years and have a wonderful shared experience including music and choir exchanges.

Over 40,000 people are expected to attend the Parade on Tuesday, March 17. 

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