How should Cork mark the upcoming War of Independence centenary events? 

How should Cork mark the upcoming War of Independence centenary events? 
The destruction of Cork city in December 1920 was one of the key moments in Ireland's War of Independence.

The Cork public are invited to an open meeting this week to discuss how the city should mark the centenary of major events over the coming years including the Burning of Cork and the deaths of two Lord Mayors.

Cork is set to take a central position in the next phase of 100-year anniversaries commemorating events from the War of Independence and subsequent Civil War.

In 2016, much of the commemorative events for the 1916 Easter Rising took place in Dublin. However, as subsequent events spread throughout the country, commemorative events will take place nationwide. 

In Cork, the deaths of two Lords Mayor, Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney, the Burning of Cork city, the Kilmichael Ambush and the Crossbarry engagement were some of the most significant events.

A public meeting has been scheduled for Friday, March 29 in the Millennium Hall in City Hall from 11am to 1pm.

The purpose of which is to share ideas on how the Decade of Centenaries 2019-2023 might be commemorated in Cork City. Participation is open to the public and all are welcome.

The Lord Mayor will give an opening address, followed by an introduction by Liam Ronayne, City Librarian, after which attendees will be invited to share their ideas at a workshop session.

Those who would like to share your ideas but are unable to attend the meeting, you may do so at centenaries@corkcity.ie

Last year, the City Council made a submission to Government on the importance of recognising the contribution of Cork city and the wider region to many of the important events of this time. 

A special Commemorations Unit in the Government is carrying out a consultation process to stimulate a public conversation around how the significant and sensitive historical events might be appropriately remembered. 

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