On 30 March 1920 Cork’s Terence MacSwiney was unanimously elected at a special meeting of the Council of the Cork Corporation held in the old Cork City Hall. His elevation to Cork’s First Citizen came after the tragic death of Tomás MacCurtain.
Terence’s impressive and deep election speech is filled with various thoughts on sacrifice, endurance, martyrdom, and faith in religion. It was during this speech that he echoed his most famous lines – “This content of ours is not on our side a rivalry of vengeance, but one of endurance – it is not they who can inflict most but they who can suffer most – will conquer”.
In the months that followed certainly endurance was the name of the game for Terence as he moved between Cork’s First Citizen and commanding officer of the Cork No.1 IRA Brigade. Despite keeping a low media profile, the Terence MacSwiney files
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