New CD honors the brave men and women of Cork who fought in the War of Independence

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A NEW CD honoring the men and women who fought in the War of Independence has been released at St Peter’s Vision Center in Cork City.

Dermot O’Sullivan, Ballyphehane, Cork, (left) and Michael O’Sullivan, Douglas, Cork, at the CD launch of ‘Cork 1920: A City In Flames’ in St. Peter’s, Cork.

Entitled ‘Cork 1920: A City In Flames’, the CD was designed by John O’Leary as part of the Cork City Library Project and the City Council’s 1920 commemorations.

It includes a performance of The Boy From Pouladuff by Louise Kelleher, great-great-niece of volunteer Joe Murphy, who died on hunger strike in 1920.

Máire Ní Laoire and Máire Ní Chéileachair at the launch of the CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' in St. Peter's, Cork, on which they both sing a song.
Máire Ní Laoire and Máire Ní Chéileachair at the launch of the CD ‘Cork 1920: A City In Flames’ in St. Peter’s, Cork, on which they both sing a song.

Gifted songwriter John Murphy applied his talents to the project and brought it to life. The CD includes 10 original songs written by John and one by Tim O’Riordan and Cliff Wedgbury.

Liam Ronayne, former City Librarian, was the narrator of the songs at the launch of a CD 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' in St. Peter's, Cork.
Liam Ronayne, former City Librarian, was the narrator of the songs at the launch of a CD ‘Cork 1920: A City In Flames’ in St. Peter’s, Cork.

Great credit goes to the performers, whose commitment to the CD allowed them to record their songs and narratives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

John O'Leary (left) and John Murphy, producers, at the 'Cork 1920: A City In Flames' CD launch in St. Peter's, Cork.
John O’Leary (left) and John Murphy, producers, at the ‘Cork 1920: A City In Flames’ CD launch in St. Peter’s, Cork.

Speakers at the launch included Deputy Mayor Cllr John Sheehan, Brian Geaney, Deputy CEO of City Council, City Librarian David O Brien and recently retired City Librarian Liam Ronayn.


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