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Launch of Men of the South: An Oral Record

An important event relating to events in North Cork during the tumultuous years 1919 – 1923 took place at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork on 9 December 2017.

A presentation on the recorded material compiled by Fr. J.J. O Riordain in the 1970s with some of the participants in the struggle for freedom, depicted in Sean Keating’s iconic painting Men of the South, was given by oral historian Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore. Sound clips from the recorded material were played.

The families of the men depicted in Keating’s painting attended the event. They were photographed beneath the painting as they came together for the first time

Fr. O Riordain also attended and spoke at the launch. He is a native ofKnockavorheen, Kiskeam and the author of Kiskeam Versus the Empire. His father, Jim O’Riordan, was a member of H (Kiskeam) Company, Cork 2nd Brigade, IRA.

Browse the 7 individual recordings in the Collection here

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