This ambitious project will lead to the erection of a €30,000 statue of Seán Hurley, the only Cork volunteer to be killed in Dublin during Easter Week. Our aim, is that this centenary year, Séan Hurley will take his rightful place, in West Cork, amongst the towering figures of Irish history, O’ Donavan Rossa, Michael Collins and Sam Maguire.
Almost €12,000 has been raised through our very successful tractor run, support from Cork County Council, the Hurley family and by generous donations made by the locals of Drinagh and members of the public. We, once again, thank people for their support. Through crowdfunding we hope to cast our net as wide as possible and allow people the opportunity to help and make our commemoration weekend a success and our statue to Seán Hurley, a realisation. Remember, every donation, no matter how big or small, will count dearly.
A voluntary group, we have already been very busy giving presentations on the Rising in schools within the area.
The Seán Ó Muirthile Historical Society will run a series of events to commemorate the centenary of the Rising that reflect the ideals and themes outlined by the national organisers.
We are working closely with both Cork County Council and the National organiser’s expert committee, who both support Sean Hurley’s central place of importance alongside Thomas Kent for “Cork 2016”.
Funds raised will go towards the unveiling of the statue which will take place later in the year, the date to be confirmed.
Statue of Seán Hurley:
This figure is mid-cast stage and almost ready for bronze casting, portraying Seán Hurley in Volunteer uniform against a backdrop incorporating both text and an image from the streets of Dublin during the Rising. Don Cronin, our sculptor, has an impressive CV, including the following commissions: Life size Bull in bronze – Macroom and Horse and Rider in Bronze – Innishannon.
The Society will also undertake a number of complementary events and activities to promote a greater understanding of the Life of Seán Hurley including the production of an Historical Book based on the original Historical account of the life of Seán Hurley and his involvement in the Easter Rising. We will also launch a DVD about Drinagh's historical past- “Drinagh – Reeling in the Years”. Our normal well attended lecture series will continue.
Your generosity will go a long way in ensuring that Cork’s Seán Hurley will be remembered for another hundred years. Thank you! Go raibh míle maith agat.