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category cork | history and heritage | press release author Saturday August 08, 2009 03:09author by Don't Airbrush our History! - Ógra Shinn Féinauthor email osfnational at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

Despite being hugely in debt, removing murals commemorating Cork’s history seems high on the agenda of those in City Hall.

That was the message clearly shown when Cork City Council recently removed tributes painted by Ógra Shinn Féin to the former TD and Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney, and the Roll of Honour of Fianna Éireann, Chorcai.
The mural as it was..
The mural as it was..

In a shocking display of disrespect, the murals that had been painted on a derelict building in the Lee Fields were cited by the Recreation, Amenity and Culture Department as “defacement” under the Litter Pollution Act.

Terence MacSwiney died after 76 days on hunger strike in Brixton Prison, after being arrested in Cork having been found in possession of a cipher key. The four Fianna died in the struggle for Irish independence between the years 1917 and 1924.

Despite the wall having previously been covered by graffiti, no effort was ever made to refurbish it until the murals were painted. The vandalised portions of the wall remained untouched by the “renovation works”.

Sinn Féin Councillor Jonathan O’ Brien said,

“I find it incredible that the Council has taken this action. This was an attempt by local youths to enhance the area through the celebration of those who made the greatest sacrifice for the people of Cork and this country. To say that it amounts to defacement beggars belief.”

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After Cork City Hall defacement.
After Cork City Hall defacement.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Our Lee Fields     Corkonian    Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:17 
   Proud history in beautiful area.     Cork boy    Sat Aug 08, 2009 13:46 
   Doublespeak     Mike Novack    Sun Aug 09, 2009 13:12 
   deadly     francis hughes    Sun Aug 09, 2009 20:36 
   Already honoured officially     Sean    Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:53 
   Limey's     Eamonn    Mon Aug 10, 2009 15:48 
   it's not he who inflicts most but he who can endure most who wins     pablo    Mon Aug 10, 2009 16:27 
   That's Graffitti Aimed at Marking out Territory.. Council Correct to Remove it     Corkman    Mon Aug 10, 2009 18:10 
   down with art!     li'l lulu    Tue Aug 11, 2009 08:44 
 10   Did the Job.     Picasso.    Tue Aug 11, 2009 16:25 
 11   pres re     kildare sinner.    Tue Aug 11, 2009 20:10 
 12   Kulturkampf.     Pete    Wed Aug 12, 2009 07:25 

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