WHILE former Lord Mayors of Cork, Terence MacSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain, will be honoured during the centenary celebrations in Cork city, it’s unlikely they’ll posthumously given the Freedom of the City.
Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Collins had called for both men to be given the honour this year, given it’s the centenary of their deaths.
“This honour would be bestowed upon them for their promotion of the Irish language and culture and the fact that they sacrificed their lives in the struggle for an independent Irish Republic,” Mr Collins suggested in a motion that came before the Centenary Commemoration 2019-2023 Steering Committee.
“To be a free man of the city that they loved and died for - there is no higher honour than that. I thought it would have been a lovely idea,” he told The Echo.
However, it wasn’t agreed upon by the Lord Mayor Councillor John Sheehan who told The Echo that the situation would remain under review.
The Lord Mayor said that there will be lots of commemorative events taking place this year, and it remains to be seen how this event would fit in. However, he said that there will be a big ceremony on March 20 in Blackpool to commemorate Tomás MacCurtain’s death.
2020 marks the centenary of a number of major incidents in both the state and Cork’s history, including the Burning of Cork, and the deaths of two former Lord Mayors - Terence MacSwiney and Tomás MacCurtain.