Cork County Council has launched a series of short videos featuring the people behind four key centenary commemorative events held this year. Launched as part of Cork County Council’s Commemorations Programme, the videos examine pivotal historic moments that took place in Cork in 1922, giving an insight into this significant time in our history.
Welcoming the launch of the series, North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea commented, “It is important to gain a deeper understanding of how our history has shaped our society today. Commemorative events have been held in communities right across the county to mark some of our most pivotal historic moments, allowing us to reflect and to remember those who lost their lives during this period. This latest addition to Cork County Council’s Commemorations programme acknowledges just some of the people behind the many centenary commemorative events that have taken place.”
The series includes Garrett Kelleher, Chair of the Michael Collins Béal na Bláth Commemoration Committee, as he describes the significance of the 2022 Commemoration on Sunday August 21st, when thousands gathered to commemorate the centenary of the death of Irish patriot and revolutionary hero Michael Collins,
Jamie Murphy, Manager of Michael Collins House in Clonakilty is also featured, discussing the importance of Michael Collins and how he shaped Irish history. The museum tells the story of the life of Collins and features his death mask and the recently digitised Michael Collins Diaries (1918-1922).
2022 saw Passage West Maritime Museum commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Passage West Landings and the Battle of Rochestown and Douglas which took place in August 1922. In this video, Gavin Murphy and Jim Murphy from Passage West Maritime Museum speak about the landings and Passage West’ standing at the birthplace of Ireland’s steamship industry.
A further episode commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the looting and burning of Mitchelstown Castle which took place in August 1922. Journalist and author Bill Power discusses his recent book and the history conference held by St. George’s Arts and Heritage Centre to mark the centenary.
The short video series is now available to view on Cork County Council’s You Tube Channel, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and produced by Cork County Council, working with Lunasa PR and Frameworks Films.
Launched in 2021, a video documentary titled, ‘Evidence on Conditions in Ireland Commemorative Documentary – The County Cork Connection’ highlighting the importance of the role people in County Cork played in the hearings given on hardships endured during the War of Independence is also available to view on the Council’s YouTube channel.