“Next year is particularly important, with the [anniversary of the] burning of Cork and two of our mayors dead,” Mayor Mick Finn told The Echo. “I asked the Taoiseach for the national commemoration to be held in Cork next year over Dublin, given the significance of 1920 in Irish history.”
However, Mr Finn warned that Cork City Council was still waiting to hear what it would be allocated nationally and that it ‘won’t be enough’ for what is required, given the scale afforded to recent grand commemorations of 1916 in Dublin.
He added that if plans were done right, the events could be rolled out ‘fairly quickly’, due to Cork’s strong existing community groups, which would be an advantage.
Despite this, the Lord Mayor said that local events, such as those with museums and community groups, would be relatively easier to organise and fund.
A recent meeting, chaired by Professor Gabriel Doherty of the Department of History, was attended by Fionnuala MacCurtáin, granddaughter of Tomás MacCurtáin.