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Cork Public Museum receives Jack Lynch memorabilia from An Taoiseach

An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen pictured with Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy making a presentation to Eva Harvey, sister of the late Jack Lynch.

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen visited Cork Public Museum, Fitzgerald’s Park on 11th September 2009 to hand over to the City the memorabilia belonging to former Taoiseach and Corkman, Jack Lynch T.D.

The collection comprised of certain personal effects relating to the former Taoiseach. The items presented to the Museum included papers, medals, souvenirs and memorabilia together with presentation items received by Mr. Lynch on visits to the United States, India, etc. 

Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy  “We are delighted that this collection is being given to the people of Cork by the late Jack Lynch.  We have many wonderful locations for these items that will be on display over the next number of years, some permanently and some on special exhibition.  These locations include the Cork Public Museum at Fitzgerald’s Park, where we are receiving the collection today and also the Cork City & County Archives, Blackpool and indeed in our wonderful city libraries.  Jack Lynch the politician and sportsman is fondly remembered and missed by all Cork people”.

An Taoiseach Brian Cowen said that Jack Lynch was Cork’s finest native son.  “His achievements were many and they were far-reaching.   He accomplished much on behalf of the Irish people.  But to my mind, his greatest legacy is rooted in his skill in leading this country into the European Economic Community in 1973, and safely through the outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.”


L to R: Museum Curator Stella Cherry, Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy, An Taoiseach Brian Cowen and City Manager, Joe Gavin.

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