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.
Current Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, said he would be seeking the support of councillors for a submission to the Government on the importance of recognising the contribution of Cork city and the wider region to many of the important events of this time. “The Easter ceremonies held two years ago were marked appropriately and correctly in Dublin, given the events were centred on the capital,” he said. “However, subsequent to the Rising, there were significant historical events taking place around the country, in particular in Cork.”
“The end of 1920 also saw the Burning of Cork, one of the most significant single events during the War of Independence,” Mr Fitzgerald said. “It is important these and other events are commemorated appropriately and they merit significant funding in the same way that 1916 was commemorated in Dublin.”