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Education is focus of second MacSwiney weekend

October 17th, 2019 11:31 AM

By Southern Star Team

Independence Museum Kilmurry

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THE contribution of Terence MacSwiney (1879-1920) to education will be remembered during a weekend of events at the Independence Museum Kilmurry later this month. 

From October 18th to 20th, lectures and other events will focus on the MacSwiney siblings, Annie, Mary and Terence, and the Murphy sisters,  Kate O’Callaghan, Máire O’Donovan and Eilís Murphy. 

These men and women were born in Kilmurry or were children of parish natives, and Kilmurry Historical and Archaeological Association (KHAA) say they’re proud to highlight and share details of their achievements.     

The weekend will begin with an opening address by Dr Cathal MacSwiney Brugha, Professor Emeritus of decision analytics at UCD. Cathal is a grandson of Terence MacSwiney. 

On Sunday, 10am Mass at St Mary’s Church, Kilmurry, will be celebrated in Irish, and will feature a Peadar Ó Riada hymn commissioned by KHAA.  This will be followed by a walking tour of Macroom from 11.30am, when Niall Murray will bring participants to sites in the town associated with the revolutionary government of Dáil Éireann in Terence MacSwiney’s Mid-Cork constituency. This will include details of how people in the Macroom district raised money for the Dáil loan set up by Finance Minister Michael Collins, the operation of Republican-controlled local government from 1920, and the administration of justice by Dáil Éireann courts. 

Tickets, on Eventbrite, are €20 which cover a reception after Friday night’s opening address, entry to the museum’s permanent exhibition, Saturday’s Revolution & Education conference (including lunch), and participation in the walking tour.  Seekilmurrymuseum.ie for more. 

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