Patriots to join Roll of Honorary Citizens
Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney will be added to the Roll of Honorary Citizens of Cork City today.
Doing the honours will be the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh who will host the ceremony via Cork City Council’s YouTube channel.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a traditional ceremony in City Hall could not take place.
On 12 October 2020, the Lord Mayor’s proposal to have former lord mayors Mac Curtain and MacSwiney added to the roll was met with unanimous support from the council.
Speaking before the ceremony, the Lord Mayor commended his fellow elected members for their support in adding both patriot Lords Mayor to the Roll of Honorary Citizens of Cork City.
“I am privileged as Lord Mayor of Cork, being a successor in office to both Tomás and Terence, who both gave their lives for Cork and Ireland, to a cause they believed in. In my role as Lord Mayor of Cork, one of the elements that impressed me most over the past 12 months was the interest and pride that the people of Cork have in the legacy of former Lord Mayor MacCurtain and Lord Mayor MacSwiney.
“It is appropriate that we enshrine the principles and values of the men and women who played their part in the events of that era and reflect the pride in Cork and its people and the roles they played in the events of the commemoration period,” said the Lord Mayor.
The special ceremony will be broadcast live from 3pm on the Cork City Council YouTube channel.