Cork to be at heart of 1920 centenary celebrations 

Cork to be at heart of 1920 centenary celebrations 
Cathal MacSwiney Brugha, grandson of Terence MacSwiney, speaking with Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan.

There will be a significant Cork focus to the 1920 centenary celebrations according to the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Minister Josepha Madigan launched the Government’s plans in Cork alongside Tánaiste Simon Coveney on Thursday afternoon.

The main focus of the State Commemorations programme during 2020 will be in Cork. During the year, the transformative events that occurred 100 years ago will be marked including the deaths of two of the city’s first citizens, Tomás Mac Curtáin in March and Terence MacSwiney in October. The Kilmichael Ambush in November and the burning of Cork City in December of 1920 will also be commemorated.

The overall Government investment in the Cork commemorative events in 2020 will be up to €1 million, and will be delivered in partnership between the Government, led by the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Cork City and County Councils.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said: “I am delighted to announce that a major commemorative programme will take place throughout the year, hosted by Cork City Council, in collaboration with Cork County Council and with significant State recognition, support and participation.

“This will include a major commemoration with State ceremonial elements, a community participation event and a series of civic events, including exhibitions and supports for communities, in exploring and reflecting upon the events that took place in Cork City and Cork County in 1920,” he added.

Meanwhile, speaking on RTÉ Radio One ahead of the announcement, Minister Madigan said that there will be a huge focus on community-led programmes in partnership with local authorities.

“There’s a significant amount of events to be commemorated here in Cork. It’s quite different to the 1916 State-led commemoration event, although there will be one in Cork this year,” she said.

Other significant centenaries that will be remembered in 2020 in events around the rest of Ireland and abroad include: The 1920 local elections in January and June, the Connaught Rangers Mutiny in June, the Burning of Balbriggan in September, Bloody Sunday in November, and the execution of Kevin Barry also in November.

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