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Remember, Its For Ireland: A Family Memoir of Tomás MacCurtain

Remember, Its For Ireland: A Family Memoir of Tomás MacCurtain

Fionnuala MacCurtain

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This poignant memoir speaks of the life and death of a family man who had two great passions. Tomás MacCurtáin, Lord Mayor of Cork, loved his family and his country.

Tomás MacCurtáin, a dedicated family man, took an active role in the War of Independence. Originally from Ballyknockane in County Cork, his love of the Irish language and culture led him to become involved with the Gaelic League, the Irish Republican Brotherhood and the Irish Volunteers. A dedicated father and husband, he was in command of the Irish Volunteers in Cork during the 1916 Rising in Dublin. Although no serious fighting took place in Cork during the Rising, MacCurtain was subsequently arrested and imprisoned.

Following Sinn Fein's victory in the local elections of January 1920, MacCurtáin was elected Lord Mayor of Cork, the first Republican to hold the office. His term as lord mayor was brutally cut short. In the early hours of the morning of 20 March 1920, members of the RIC burst into his house and shot him dead. The shocking murder outraged the public and brought near universal condemnation. Cork went into mourning for its murdered first citizen. A massive crowd attended his funeral.

At the coroner's inquest into the killing the jury passed a verdict of wilful murder against Lloyd George and certain inspectors of the RIC.

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Author Fionnuala MacCurtain
Publisher Mercier Press
Publication date 21 May 2006
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781856355735

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