Funeral of Terence MacSwiney

Event date(s)

25 October 1920

Description/importance

Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork and a poet, was arrested in August 1920 in possession of police intelligence. At Brixton Gaol in London, he embarked on a hunger strike that would ultimately last seventy-five days. His death, on October 25, 1920, galvanized the Irish community in England. Thousands paid their respects to his body at St. George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Southwark, and his body was conveyed in ceremony to Euston Station en route to burial in Ireland. Funeral processions in Ireland for him were outlawed due to official fears that they would provoke violence, and so the processions organized by Irish groups in England took their stead. In Newcastle, a symbolic funeral processed from the Irish Club to the Town Moor.

Location/map point

Address

Kenton Road
Gosforth
Newcastle
Tyne and Wear
NE34NB

Further reading

Witness Statement 773 by Gilbert Barrington (December 1952), Bureau of Military History, National Archives of Ireland, Dublin; Dave Hannigan, Terence MacSwiney: The Hunger Strike that Rocked an Empire (Dublin, 2010); Mo Moulton, Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England (Cambridge, 2014).

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