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Lord Mayor’s Charter presented to Cork City Council

Lord Mayor’s Charter presented to Cork City Council

Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Donal Counihan and Lady Mayoress Breda Counihan with Timothy and Michael Counihan at the handover ceremony.

At a special reception at City Hall, the original parchment Charter conferring the title of ‘Lord Mayor’ upon the head of Cork City Council was presented to Lord Mayor Cllr. Donal Counihan by Professor Timothy Counihan and his son Michael Counihan S.C. The manuscript parchment Charter dates from July 1900.  The first city Mayor to receive the honour was Sir Daniel Hegarty and he is mentioned specifically in the text of the Charter.  Hegarty (1849-1914) was a merchant from Summerhill in Cork .

Despite being 107 years of age, the Charter is in excellent condition, having been kept safely by generations of the Hegarty family. It was inherited by Professor Counihan’s late wife, Mary Rose Powell, whose aunt was married to Michael Hegarty, the son of Sir Daniel Hegarty.  Professor Counihan is well known in medical circles, having taught at U.C.D. He graduated from U.C.C. in 1947 and later worked as a consultant at the Mater Hospital in Dublin where he set up the Cardiac Department. His wife, Mary Rose, was also a graduate of medicine from U.C.C.

The Charter is being preserved and put on public display at the Cork City and County Archives in the new Seamus Murphy Building in Blackpool. A photograph of the Charter will also be put on display in the Lord Mayor’s office.

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