1884/1920 – Tomás Mac Curtain, revolutionary and Lord Mayor of Cork is both born and assassinated on this date.

Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork Tomás Mac Curtain is killed by disguised RIC / Black and Tans in his home in front of his wife and children, it was the morning of his thirty-sixth birthday. The killing was apparently in retaliation for the death of RIC Constable Murtagh some hours earlier in Cork. Mac Curtain was an active member of the IRA and O.C. of Cork No. 1 Brigade Irish Volunteers.

Some weeks later, a Cork coroner’s court will return a verdict of willful murder in the death of Tomás Mac Curtain. The senior RIC officer who either participated or approved the operation District Inspector Oswald Swanzy would be killed by the IRA in August.

Funeral of Tomás Mac Curtain: https://youtu.be/2FXA_HTR5Rw

More detailed bio: http://homepage.eircom.net/~corkcounty/maccurtain.html

Photo: Tomás Mac Curtain pictured with his wife and young family in March, 1920, just a few days before his murder.

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