Cork communities invited to avail of funding to mark the centenary of War of Independence 

Cork communities invited to avail of funding to mark the centenary of War of Independence 
Crowds of onlookers throng Patrick Street on the day following the burning of Cork city centre by crown forces in 1920.

Communities and organisations across Cork City are to be invited to avail of a new Cork 2020 Commemorations Fund to support local events commemorating the centenary of the War of Independence.

Cork City played a pivotal role in the country’s fight for freedom with two of the city’s Lord Mayors martyred in 1920 and the Burning of Cork by British Forces also taking place that December.

Community, social and voluntary groups as well as schools can apply for funding under the open Cork 2020 Commemorations Fund.

The ruins of the Munster Arcade following Burning of Cork in 1920
The ruins of the Munster Arcade following Burning of Cork in 1920

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan, who is chairing a cross-party committee of Elected Members on the 2020 commemorations, said: “Stories around the events of 1920 have been handed down for generations in Cork and local groups have been commemorating these events for many years. 

"The Cork 2020 Commemorations Fund is about communities and organisations bringing our proud history to life in a respectful way that showcases the city’s rich cultural and historical fabric”.

Full details around the fund will be made public later this week with the application process opening on the week of January 6.

Earlier this year, the Taoiseach confirmed that Cork will host a major state event in 2020 to mark the centenary of the War of Independence.

In March, a public consultation event was held at City Hall so that members of the public could share ideas on how the Decade of Centenaries 2019-2023 might be commemorated in Cork City. Participants shared their ideas at workshops that took place across the afternoon.

One of the few building facades still standing on Patrick's Street following the burning of Cork in December 1920.
One of the few building facades still standing on Patrick's Street following the burning of Cork in December 1920.

Meanwhile, Cork City Council will hold a Special Meeting on January 30 to commemorate the centenary of the first meeting of Cork Corporation elected by proportional representation. This Special Meeting will be the first of a programme of events in Cork to mark the 1920 centenary.

Under the steerage of the Lord Mayor, and a cross-party committee of Elected Members, a programme of events is planned for 2020 which is roundly described as ‘Cork’s 1916’, so seismic was it in the second city’s history.

The Special Meeting on January 30 will mark the centenary of the first Council elected by proportional representation, the first Council elected by universal suffrage and the first Council with a Republican majority. 

View of the burning of Cork city after the Black and Tans in December 1920.
View of the burning of Cork city after the Black and Tans in December 1920.

At its first meeting on January 30, 1920, Cork Corporation historically pledged its allegiance to Dáil Éireann, a moment of huge national significance.

This commemorative Special Meeting will take place at Council Chamber at City Hall at 6.30pm with former Lords Mayor in attendance.

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