Back to Black: Cork GAA shows its support for historic heroes

Back to Black: Cork GAA shows its support for historic heroes

The special commemorative GAA jerseys honouring Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence McSwiney in the upcoming home Allianz League games were unveiled on Thursday night at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

The special commemorative GAA jerseys honouring Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence McSwiney in the upcoming home Allianz League games were unveiled on Thursday night at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

This Sunday, Cork’s hurling team will take on Limerick at the revamped stadium while the footballers will take on Derry at home a week later.

On both occasions, the athletes will be wearing these special jerseys in honour of the two men who died in 1920 while representing the city as Lord Mayor of Cork.

The jerseys were launched this evening and will be on general sale from Monday and in sports stores across Cork.

This Sunday, Cork’s hurling team will take on Limerick at the revamped stadium while the footballers will take on Derry at home a week later.
This Sunday, Cork’s hurling team will take on Limerick at the revamped stadium while the footballers will take on Derry at home a week later.

The design is the result of a collaboration between Cork County Board in conjunction with kit manufacturer O’Neills. They have the signatures of Mac Curtain and MacSwiney and the sponsor’s logo is in white.

The jerseys are just one element of the ongoing commemorations for the 1920 War of Independence.

Tomás Mac Curtain was elected Lord Mayor of Cork in January of 1920, but in March, he was murdered by members of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

Terence McSwiney took over the role and was arrested in August 1920 and sent to Brixton Prison where he went on hunger strike and died in October of that year.

December 1920 saw an ambush of Auxiliary forces which led to the burning of Cork.

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