Proposal to rename Anglesea Street after iconic Cork figure

Proposal to rename Anglesea Street after iconic Cork figure
Anglesea Steet in Cork city

ANGLESEA Street could be renamed under proposals being put to Cork City Council.

Sinn Féin councillors Kenneth Collins and Henry Cremin have asked the local authority to examine the possibility of renaming the street that contains the main entrance to City Hall after former Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney to mark the centenary of his death next year.

Terence MacSwiney
Terence MacSwiney

Mr Collins said the city already has a street named after Tomas MacCurtain whose story and death are intrinsically linked to MacSwiney and replicating the honour would be fitting.

Both MacCurtain and MacSwiney died in 1920 during the Irish War of Independence.

MacSwiney died in a Brixton prison, after falling into a hunger-induced coma, just months after taking over as Lord Mayor from his friend, MacCurtain.

MacCurtain, an officer in the IRA, was shot dead on his 36th birthday, in front of his wife and son. Busts of both men are located at City Hall.

The river side qauy at City Hall is already named after MacSwiney but Mr Collins believes incorporating Anglesea Street into a new 'Terence MacSwiney Way' could be a tourist attraction and part of a historical trail.

Proposals by Fine Gael councillor Shane O’Callaghan to create Patrick Street-based statues of both men and Michael Collins are being considered by the council’s commemorations steering group and while Mr Collins said he would be in favour of this, he says it may prove too costly.

“Terence MacSwiney was one of the most notable Lord Mayors. He suffered for the city and stood up to those that had laid oppressive laws. His legacy deserves to be properly commemorated.

“Statues will likely cost hundreds of thousands to design and erect and I don’t think Cork City Council has the budget for it.

“We already have MacCurtain Street. A MacSwiney Way leading up from the quay and wrapping around the Anglesea Street side of City Hall would be a fitting way to remember a man who did so much for the city of Cork.

“It could contain information, maybe interactive, explaining his importance and the history of what he did," Mr Collins added.

The matter will now be referred to the council’s party whips' committee for discussion. The council is undertaking initial discussions on a programme of events for the centenary of the Burning of Cork in 1920.

It is understood the council has earmarked in the region of €100,000 of its own money for events. Discussions are ongoing with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and City Hall officials met with the Department earlier in the year in order to attain an appropriate level of funding.

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