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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