2015 Press Releases
UCC historians media pundits for Thomas Kent funeral
The remains of Thomas Kent were taken from Cork Prison and buried in Castlelyons after the general public paid their respects in Collins Barracks.
Last Thursday a Tri-Service Ceremonial Guard – Army, Navy and Air Corps rotating – took up their position around the coffin in Collins Barracks, and the public were admitted.
The state funeral in Castlelyons was a precursor to the commemoration of the 1916 Rising and follows closely on the state funeral in Glasnevin cemetery of another Cork man Jermiah O’Donovan Rossa. UCC historians Gabriel Doherty and John Borgonovo who specialise in this era have been active in the media analysing the significance of Thomas Kent. See Gabriel Doherty’s article on Kent’s family background in the Irish Examiner http://bit.ly/1UQtMAN
Both historians were involved in discussions about Thomas Kent on national radio and TV. John Borgonovo was interviewed by Pat Kenny on his show on Newstalk 106-108fm today while Gabriel Doherty was on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland tomorrow and was in the RTÉ TV studio tomorrow for the live commentary on the funeral. John Borgonovo also participated in the RTÉ TV coverage of the state funeral.
You can watch the state funeral on RTÉ player - see link in Tweet below.
University College Cork will organise its own commemorations of the 1916 Rising with the publication of the Atlas of the Irish Revolution in the spring of 2016 and the organisation of a number of conferences covering the topics of UCC and 1916, the Arts and the Rising, among others. Its staff will also be participating in a number of local, national and international events relating to the centenary.
UCC offers a full-time MA in Irish Revolution and a part-time MA in Local History for those who may wish to pursue their interests further in this period. “With all the activities arising out of the commemoration of 1916 and the decade of centenaries there was never a better time to study history at undergraduate or postgraduate level,” says Gabriel Doherty. More http://www.ucc.ie/en/history/