The mayor of the county, Cllr John Paul O’Shea (Ind), announced yesterday that of the 1,800 events planned for Ireland, more than 300 of them will be held in Cork.
The county council is providing grants to more than 100 voluntary groups, who have come together to organise the events. They include two State ceremonies and a number of historical re-enactments.
Mr O’Shea said that the County Cork programme was the outcome of numerous consultations with interested local groups, organisations and individuals, who were invited to participate in the planning and implementation of the local programme.
“As such, the County Cork Programme represents the outcome of many hours of reflection, consultation and discussion involving hundreds of people from all over the county,” he said. He said the the heart of the plan “is its sense of the community involvement from both young and old alike, and its wide-ranging scope of interest to those in the county and the diaspora.”
Cllr Frank O’Flynn (FF), chairman of the Cork County 1916 Centenary Programme, said the events would reflect on this seminal event in Irish history. He said Cork would have the highest number of events in any county.
Castlelyons will honour Thomas Kent on May 15 with a parade of bands and the erection of a monument to commemorate the patriot.
Castletownbere will re-enact a march by the Beara volunteers, from Eyeries to Lauragh, Co Kerry.
Cobh intend to open a 1916 museum and re-enact the Cobh volunteers.
Kanturk will hold a centenary concert.
On May 2, a plaque will be unveiled at Thomas McDonagh’s home in McDonagh Terrace, Fermoy.
Meanwhile, Drinagh will honour Sean Hurley, the only Corkman to have died during the events of the Eastern Rising in Dublin.