Remembering the revolution: 1,000 homes?

In the last few days, more than 60 representatives from various voluntary and civic organisations met at Cork City Hall to discuss how the revolutionary period in Cork city and county might be marked over the coming years.

Remembering the revolution: 1,000 homes?

In the last few days, more than 60 representatives from various voluntary and civic organisations met at Cork City Hall to discuss how the revolutionary period in Cork city and county might be marked over the coming years.

One of the suggestions was that a garden of commemoration be established to remember the 1,000 or so people killed in Cork city or county during that troubled period.

Another was an interpretative centre in the city, telling the story of Cork in 1916, the War of Independence, and the Civil War.

These ideas all fall comfortably within the traditional vocabulary of these procedures.

However, as revolution is being commemorated, why not something revolutionary?

How wonderful it would be, how appropriate and how lasting it would be, if those interested groups worked with the local authorities to build 1,000 or so social housing units?

What better way to honour the ambitions of those who died in those years and what better way to turn a tragic past into a positive tomorrow?

After all, Cork City Council and the housing agency Clúid recently showed it can be done.

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