Friday, March 18, 2011

Tomás MacCurtain to be Commemorated

Tomás MacCurtain to Be Commemorated

The Phoenix Historical Society is organising a commemoration this Sunday to honour Tomás MacCurtain, the Lord Mayor of Cork who was gunned down by British forces at his home in Blackpool in March 1920. The commemoration will assemble at 1pm at the North Cathedral before parading to the Tomás MacCurtain monument on Great William O'Brien Street. The main speaker will be Jonathan O'Brien TD.

Encouraging people to turn out for the event, local councillor Thomas Gould said:

"Tomás MacCurtain is a Cork icon. As Lord Mayor of the city he led the people of Cork during the struggle for independence. This year marks the 91st anniversary of his assassination by British forces in March 1920."

"MacCurtain showed the kind leadership and moral courage that our country badly needs today. The commemoration is open to everyone and I would encourage people to come along and join us next Sunday."

The parade will be led by the MacCurtain/MacSwiney Republican Flute Band.

For further information contact Cllr Thomas Gould @ 087-3021551

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