Tomás MacCurtain Gaelic Poem

Repository: Cork City and County Archives

Identity Statement

TitleTomás MacCurtain Gaelic Poem
Archive ReferenceIE CCCA/G7
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates43301
Extent Medium10pp


Creator(s): MacCurtain, Tomás (1884-1920), Lord Mayor of Cork

  • Administrative History ↴

    MacCurtain was born in Ballyknockane, Mourne Abbey near Mallow, North Cork, 20 March 1884. Came to live in Blackpool, Cork City (c.1897). Member of and teacher for the Gaelic League (c.1901). Worked in City of Cork Steampacket Company, Modes Mills and Suttons Coals. Member of Sinn Fein and the IRB. Married Eilis Walsh 1908. Secretary to the Irish Volunteers in Cork (1914-). Opened a shop in Blackpool with his brother in 1915. Active in the Easter 1916 events in Cork. Imprisoned in Frongach and Reading, and at various times during 1916-1919. Elected the first republican Lord Mayor of Cork in January 1920. Shot dead at his home on 20 March 1920, which the inquest attributed to Crown Forces. Cáit O’Crualaoí (Kate Crowley) (b1895-d1981), was the daughter of James and Mary Crowley of Ballinamona, Mourne Abbey, near Mallow in County Cork. James Crowley was a shoemaker by profession. At some time during the years 1901-1910 the family moved to Blackpool in Cork City. Cáit was a member of the local Blackpool branch of the Gaelic League (Craobh na Linne Duibhe), of which Tomás MacCurtain was also a member.
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  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴


Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: MacCurtain, Tomás (1884-1920), Lord Mayor of Cork ↴

    1. MS. Poem by MacCurtáin, ‘Eachtra Carraig Chlíodhna’, (‘The Adventure of Carraig Clíodhna’)
    ‘A Clíodhna, a Clíodhna go mbeannuigidh Críost féin duit…’
    May refer to a townland (in English ‘Carrigcleena’) near MacCurtain’s birth place in Mourne Abbey, South of Mallow.

    2. MS Letter (30 July 1918) to ‘Cáit’ (Kate Crowley) signed ‘Tomás’, Glaise Buidhe, enclosing the poem ‘Eachtra Carraig Clíodhna’.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴

    Limited items – no arrangement applicable

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Open by appointment to those holding a current readers ticket.
Conditions Governing ReproductionSubject to rules governing reproduction of records of CCCA
Creation Dates43301
Extent Medium10pp
Material Language ScriptIrish (Gaelic)
Finding Aids Item level description Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

Related MaterialCCCA: CP/CO/M/13 Cork City Council Minute Book, 1920 G (Lámhscríbhinní / MSS. in Irish Language

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteBrian McGee
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottowa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions40575