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Kieran McCarthy: How Cork's Oliver Plunkett Street got its name

Kieran McCarthy: How Cork's Oliver Plunkett Street got its name

Kieran McCarthy looks at how the renaming of one of Cork city's most famous thoroughfares was richly symbolic in breaking bonds with the British Empire

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Kieran McCarthy: Murder, myth and how MacCurtain Street got its name

Kieran McCarthy: Murder, myth and how MacCurtain Street got its name

Historian Kieran McCarthy looks at how one of Cork's most iconic streets got it's name

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Kieran McCarthy: The murder verdict of Cork Lord Mayor Tomás MacCurtain changed Irish history

Kieran McCarthy: The murder verdict of Cork Lord Mayor Tomás MacCurtain changed Irish history

One hundred years ago today, on April 17, 1920, the jury in the inquest into the murder of Cork Lord Mayor Tomás MacCurtain delivered one of the most significant verdicts in Irish history says Kieran McCarthy

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War of Independence: Terence MacSwiney endured life of sacrifice; His inaugural speech in full

War of Independence: Terence MacSwiney endured life of sacrifice; His inaugural speech in full

One hundred years ago this week, Terence MacSwiney was elected Lord Mayor of Cork following the murder of Tomas MacCurtain. Kieran McCarthy profiles his brief, but hugely influential, political career and we republish his inaugural speech from the Irish Examiner archives.

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MacCurtain inquest: 'You are dying for Ireland and die like a soldier'

MacCurtain inquest: "You are dying for Ireland and die like a soldier"

As part of our series to mark the 100th anniversary of the murder of Tomás MacCurtain, the Irish Examiner are publishing extracts from his inquest.

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Irish Examiner View: 100 years after Black and Tans arrived in Ireland grave misjudgements are still possible

Irish Examiner View: 100 years after Black and Tans arrived in Ireland grave misjudgements are still possible

When the first Black and Tans arrived in Ireland 100 years ago today they could not have imagined that a century later they would still, and deservedly, provoke such anger.

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How the funeral of Tomás MacCurtain was reported in the Irish Examiner on March 21, 1920

How the funeral of Tomás MacCurtain was reported in the Irish Examiner on March 21, 1920

As part of our ongoing series to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomás MacCurtain, we reproduce this report - first published in the Irish Examiner on March 21, 1920 - of the murdered Irish Republican's funeral.

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War of Independence: Success after success for Sinn Féin led to a clampdown

War of Independence: Success after success for Sinn Féin led to a clampdown

The party won 560 seats to control local government in every Irish city and in most Irish towns — but, by the end of the year, British forces had dashed those nationalist hopes, writes Donal Ó Drisceoil.

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Gabriel Doherty: Tomás MacCurtain embraced Gaelic revival and believed it would come to pass

Gabriel Doherty: Tomás MacCurtain embraced Gaelic revival and believed it would come to pass

Tomás MacCurtain, murdered 100 years ago this month, was haunted by his lack of action during the Rising but that only drove on his desire to achieve Irish independence, says Gabriel Doherty.

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War of Independence: Munster largely escaped the post Rising British crackdown

War of Independence: Munster largely escaped the post Rising British crackdown

The failure of the Munster Volunteers to join the Rising had unintended benefits as Munster largely escaped the British crackdown, writes John Borgonovo

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Tomás MacCurtain centenary events curtailed

Tomás MacCurtain centenary events curtailed

A range of events to mark the centenary of the murder of Cork lord mayor Tomás MacCurtain have been cancelled

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Michael Clifford: Echoes of 1920 upheaval as Tomás MacCurtain commemorations curtailed

Michael Clifford: Echoes of 1920 upheaval as Tomás MacCurtain commemorations curtailed

John Sheehan is the Lord Mayor of Cork at a time of living dangerously.

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Men of the South: The incredible tale behind the classic image from the War of Independence

Men of the South: The incredible tale behind the classic image from the War of Independence

As the painting by Sean Keating is released as a stamp, Ellie O’Byrne tells the incredible tale behind the classic image from the War of Independence

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Tipperary to wear jerseys commemorating Bloody Sunday centenary

Tipperary to wear jerseys commemorating Bloody Sunday centenary

Plans for two special Tipperary jerseys, designed to commemorate the Bloody Sunday centenary later this year, have been confirmed after a week when the county board was urged to follow the example of their counterparts in Cork.

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Exhibition with never-before-seen documents reveals struggle between IRA and British forces in Monaghan

Exhibition with never-before-seen documents reveals struggle between IRA and British forces in Monaghan

The Monaghan War of Independence files feature more than 500 pages of first-hand accounts from Monaghan IRA veterans.

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Letter to the Editor: What Tomás MacCurtain said still holds true

Letter to the Editor: What Tomás MacCurtain said still holds true

"In doing our work, the people expect from us a sacrifice of time and sacrifice, perhaps, of personal interest."

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Tomás MacCurtain honoured 100 years on from election

Tomás MacCurtain honoured 100 years on from election

The granddaughter of assassinated lord mayor of Cork Tomás MacCurtain said she hopes the sacrifices of all involved in the struggle for Irish independence — and not just the “famous names” — will be remembered this year.

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Cork Mayors honoured in school mural

Cork Mayors honoured in school mural

A striking mural featuring Tomás MacCurtain and Terence MacSwiney has been unveiled at their former primary school.

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Centenary event honours spirit of murdered Lord Mayor of Cork Tomás MacCurtain

Centenary event honours spirit of murdered Lord Mayor of Cork Tomás MacCurtain

The spirit of murdered Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomás MacCurtain, was honoured last night as Cork officially embarked on its programme of 1920 commemorations.

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Granddaughter of murdered Lord Mayor of Cork guest of honour as centenary of election marked

Granddaughter of murdered Lord Mayor of Cork guest of honour as centenary of election marked

Fionnuala MacCurtain said she feels humbled and honoured that tomorrow night’s event also marks the start of the city’s 1920 centenary commemorative events.

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Cork City Council Centenary: Housing crisis, cost of living, and widespread poverty influenced 1920 vote

Cork City Council Centenary: Housing crisis, cost of living, and widespread poverty influenced 1920 vote

Independence was an issue in Cork’s local elections in 1920, but a housing crisis, the cost of living, and widespread poverty also influenced the vote, writes Kieran McCarthy.

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Cork City Council Centenary: When Tomás MacCurtain was elected Lord Mayor of Cork

Cork City Council Centenary: When Tomás MacCurtain was elected Lord Mayor of Cork

In this year of significant commemorations, Dr Aodh Quinlivan of UCC’s Centre for Local and Regional Governance recalls the Cork Corporation elections of January 15, 1920, and the first meeting of the Corporation on January 30, at which the doomed Sinn Féin man became the city’s first citizen

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War of Independence centenary: A bloody year to be remembered

War of Independence centenary: A bloody year to be remembered

Politicians and prelates must by their callings encourage voters and congregations to look to the future and to the progress that can be achieved with conciliation and an acceptance of change.

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A window on troubled times of the War of Independence era

A window on troubled times of the War of Independence era

The National Library currently has an exhibition of incredible photographs from the War of Independence era, writes Marjorie Brennan.

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Cork to take centre stage in War of Independence commemorations

Cork to take centre stage in War of Independence commemorations

Cork will be the central focus for a series of national events this year to commemorate the start of the country's battle for independence.

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Margaret Keogh: The only woman to die for the Irish Republic in the War of Independence

Margaret Keogh: The only woman to die for the Irish Republic in the War of Independence

Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc unearths the details surrounding the death of a patriot which have been kept secret for a century.

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Ruthless and effective: 100 years on from Michael Collins’s killer Squad and their first mission

Ruthless and effective: 100 years on from Michael Collins’s killer Squad and their first mission

It’s 100 years since the specialised unit of IRA assassins undertook their first operation. Ryle Dwyer looks at the early days of a group who’d have a crucial role in the struggle

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Glimpse of guerrilla days of West Cork during War of Independence in new RTÉ programme

Glimpse of guerrilla days of West Cork during War of Independence in new RTÉ programme

The Brigade on RTÉ tomorrow gives people a glimpse of what life was like for fighters in the War of Independence, writes Richard Fitzpatrick.

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War of Independence spouses recieved €8m in State pension payments in last 10 years

War of Independence spouses recieved €8m in State pension payments in last 10 years

The surviving spouses of deceased War of Independence veterans have received almost €8m in pension payments from the State in the past 10 years, new figures have revealed.

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The Irish revolution: The story behind the documentary

The Irish revolution: The story behind the documentary

A new TV series looks at Ireland’s struggle for freedom by focusing on the part played by ordinary people throughout the country, writes Áilin Quinlan.

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First shots of the War of Independence commemorated in Tipperary

First shots of the War of Independence commemorated in Tipperary

Monday marks the centenary of the Soloheadbeg Ambush, believed to be the first action of the War of Independence.

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Ceremony to mark centenary of Soloheadbeg Ambush in Co Tipperary

Ceremony to mark centenary of Soloheadbeg Ambush in Co Tipperary

The attack is commonly cited as the event that started the War of Independence.

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