Banner suggested for centenary events

Banner suggested for centenary events
Home of Tomás MacCurtain, taken shortly after his death, March 1920. Mercier Archives

The large banner draped over a building on Cork’s Grand Parade should be used to mark the centenary of events in Cork in 2020.

A motion before tonight’s meeting of Cork City Council proposes that a drop-down banner containing a collage of images and personalities from the hugely significant year of 1920 in Cork and Ireland’s revolutionary story.

Sinn Féin councillor Henry Cremin said: “This could feature the likes of Tomás MacCurtain, Terence MacSwiney, Joe Murphy, Michael Fitzgerald, the Delaney Brothers and events such as the Kilmichael Ambush, the burning of Cork by British crown forces.”

Pic; Larry Cummins
Pic; Larry Cummins

The banner has previously been used to mark various events in the city including the anniversary of the Ford Motor Company in Cork, the 1916 centenary when the Proclamation of Independence was recreated and the marketing campaign ‘A City Rising is a Beautiful Thing’.

Mr Cremin’s motion is to be forwarded for further discussion by the whips of each party before the motion returns to the main council for a vote.

Cork is set to be the focus of a number of centenary events in 2020 given the number of significant events and engagements that occurred in the city and county during the War of Independence.

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