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’.
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