The following month, the Kilmichael Ambush took

look at Cork’s jerseys honouring Mac Curtain and MacSwiney

Sports LIveHere’s a first look at the commemorative jerseys Cork will wear to honour Toms Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney in their upcoming home Allianz League games.

Cork senior hurlers Sen O’Donoghue and Conor Lehane at the launch of the new Cork GAA commemorative jersey at Pirc U Chaoimh. Pictures: Denis Minihane

This Sunday sees the hurling team take on Limerick at Pirc U Chaoimh while the footballers will host Derry at the venue a week later, and on each occasion they will take to the field in black shirts featuring images of the two men, both of whom died in 1920 while holding the role of Lord Mayor of Cork.

Designed by Cork County Board in conjunction with kit manufacturer O’Neill’s, the jersey, which was launched this evening, commemorates the centenary of what was an eventful year for Cork in the War of Independence.

Mac Curtain, a councillor representing the original Sinn Fin, was elected Lord Mayor of Cork in January of 1920 but in March of that year, he was murdered by members of the Royal Irish Constabulary.

## ## He was succeeded in the role by MacSwiney, who was arrested in August 1920 and interred in Brixton Prison. There, he went on hunger strike and died in October. The following month, the Kilmichael Ambush took place, an event considered crucial in the war. Then, in December, an ambush of Auxiliary forces led to the burning of Cork, which saw damage to numerous houses, businesses, City Hall, and the Carnegie Library.

All of these events feature on the jerseys, which have red collars and striping and also carry the signatures of Mac Curtain and MacSwiney. Cork’s sponsors Chill Insurance have agreed to have their logo rendered in white rather than the purple and green version which adorns the usual Cork kit. The families of both men were consulted regarding the initiative and they will be present at the Limerick game.

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Mal’s plan to get Milford firing

The Broncos five eighth and his halves partner in Kodi Nikorima have been heavily criticised following their team’s 34 12 loss to St George Illawarra, with the duo copping a spray from coach Wayne Bennett during training on Monday.

Milford, who has just started his new four year $4 million deal with the club, has been copping a lot of heat for the lack of attacking direction the Broncos displayed in their round one defeat, with the livewire failing to register any try assists, linebreaks, linebreak assists or tackle busts.

Meanwhile, Justin Hodges, who played most of his career under Bennett at the Broncos, gave some insight into the spray from the seven time premiership winning coach.

Anthony Milford of the Broncos in action.

The team’s task won’t get any easier this week when they come up against North Queensland on Friday.

“It’s probably more to get them going,” Hodges said.

“Milford had Ben Hunt there last year who took the team around and ‘Milf’ could just rely on his natural ability to turn up and do what he wanted to do.

“I think Wayne giving them a spray . they probably needed it.

“As a player sometimes you can get complacent, you can fall back into some bad habits.

“The spray he’s given them, it’s not to put them on show, it’s not to embarrass the players.

“It’s giving them a bit of a kick up the butt to make sure they’ve got their mind on the job this week because they’re coming up against the best.”

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