Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tomás MacCurtain to be honoured in Cork City this Saturday evening
Tomás MacCurtain to be honoured in Cork City this Saturday evening The annual commemoration in honour of Tomás MacCurtain will be held this coming Saturday evening. The Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork was assassinated in his home in Blackpool by the RIC on March 20th 1920 on what would have been his 36th Birthday. This year marks the 93rd anniversary of his death. The commemoration will assemble at the North Cathedral at 5pm before parading to the Tomás MaCurtain monument on Great William O’Brien Street. The main speakers at the event will be Sinn Féin Cllr. Thomas Gould and the party’s second candidate in the South-East ward Shane O’Shea. The MacCurtain/MacSwiney Republican Flute Band will also be in attendance. Encouraging people to turn out for the event, Mr.O’Shea said: “Tomás MacCurtain is a Cork icon and personal hero of mine. He was a man of great conviction who led the people of Cork during the fight for independence. It is only right that we continue to keep his memory alive in his native city.” “MacCurtain demonstrated a type of leadership and a commitment to the people of Ireland that is sorely lacking by those in Government today. The commemoration is open to everyone and I would encourage people to come along and join us next Saturday evening."