Identity of MacSwiney’s pallbearers sought

“IT is not those who can inflict the most, but those that can suffer the most who will prevail” – the words of Terence MacSwiney, playwright, author, politician, revolutionary and martyr.

The son of a tobacco merchant was elected lord mayor of Cork during the War of Independence in 1920 and died on hunger strike in October of that year in Brixton Prison in England.

His portrait, and a painting of his funeral mass by John Lavery are exhibited in Cork’s Crawford Art Gallery.

Arthur Griffith delivered the graveside oration but the identities of most of the pallbearers at his graveside remains a mystery.

Siobhán Patricia Mulcahy, granddaughter of one of them, Jerry Canty of Father Matthew Road, Cork, is proud of her ancestry and anxious to trace the families of the other eight men who took MacSwiney to his final place of rest at St Finbarr’s Cemetery in Cork.

- Anyone who knows the identities of the other pallbearers is asked to contact Siobhán Patricia Mulcahy on 087 935 3758 or email

Picture: Do you know who these men are? Pallbearers at Terence MacSwiney’s funeral in 1920. Jerry Canty of Father Matthew Road, Cork, is bottom row, first left.

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