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Terence MacSwiney- His Life, Death & Legacy

The third in Mitchelstown Heritage Societies series of free online heritage talks is on next Tuesday, 13th April @ 8pm. These online talks are open to all and are hosted on the Zoom meeting platform. Next week's talk is on the Martyred Cork Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney who died on hunger strike 100 years ago. This online talk will focus on the story of a soldier, teacher, playwright, politician, husband and father, who was instrumental in forming and later commanded the Cork Brigade of Irish Volunteers; who was elected to the First Dáil and who, while Lord Mayor of Cork, embarked on a hunger strike that drew the world’s attention to Ireland’s fight for freedom and that ended with his death in Brixton Prison after 74 days without food.

This talk is presented by Gerry White, he is a military historian and retired member of the Irish Defence Forces. He served forty-three years in Collins Barracks Cork, where he was instrumental in establishing the military museum. He specialises in all aspects of Irish military history from 1913 to 1923, he lectures nationally and is a regular contributor to national and international military journals.  He is also currently the Island of Ireland Trustee, and Chairman of the Cork Branch of the Western Front Association (WFA). Among his publications are The Barracks, a History of Victoria/Collins Barracks, Cork, (with Dan Harvey), For Their Country – The Great War Dead of Christ Church Parish, Cork (with Jean Prendergast) and The Irish Volunteer Soldier 1913-1916, Baptised in Blood – The Formation of the Cork Brigade of Irish Volunteers 1913–1916 and The Burning of Cork (with Brendan O’Shea). Together with Brendan O’Shea he also edited and co-produced A Great Sacrifice- Cork Servicemen who died in the Great War.

For those wishing to join us for this talk. First go to the zoom website, click on join meeting. You will be asked for a meeting i.d and passcode, these are as follows;

Meeting ID: 820 8565 5332   Passcode: 871646                                                                                                                               

The meeting will open 15 minutes before the talk, everyone is asked to mute their microphones during the talk to prevent background noise interrupting the speaker. Questions and Answers will be dealt with at the end of the talk. If anyone has any other questions or has issues connecting to this meeting, please email;

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