It is Cork City Council’s aim that the Commemoration will help us learn more about contemporary society, by giving us a deeper understanding of how Irish society was shaped by our past. It will focus on the role of community in the city of Cork, to re-affirm the city’s community ties, with family orientated events that will be inclusive of all sectors of society.
Principles and Values: the Council will seek to:
- Re-affirm the importance of Dáil Éireann, and the ideals and principals of the men and women who played their part in the events of 100 years ago.
- Reflect pride in Cork and its people and the roles they played in the events of 100 years ago, pride in the Fire Brigade and their heroic efforts, and their resilience in rebuilding their city.
- Honour the courage of the so-called ‘ordinary’ people who took part in the struggle, and their perseverance in the face of adversity.
- Honour the reasons why they took part in the struggle and continue to seek to bring about the type of Ireland the Volunteers envisaged – equality, fairness, women’s rights, access to jobs and homes, and so on.
- Respect the past with an eye to the future, and examine events in the context of the time in which they happened.
- Recognize that history is not black and white, that stories most be told from all sides to allow for reconciliation and healing, and that the trauma of the period needs to be addressed, perhaps through the schools as an educational programme on the effects of conflict.
- Take care and time so that everyone feels welcome to be present at, and contribute to these events