This newsreel shows the final journey for Terence Mac Swiney, who died in Brixton, England on October 25th 1920.
His body arrives in Customs House Quay, Cork, on October 31st (it was diverted from Dublin to avoid demonstrations). His coffin arrives in Cobh on the Rathmore, and into Cork Quays on the Mary Tavy. A procession of mourners fill Patrick Street as hordes of people turn up to show their respects. Some shots featured in this newsreel are possibly of a procession of members of Sinn Féin at Brixton Prison, London where he died.
His brother Sean MacSwiney is seen walking alongside the coffin along with his other brother Peter, who is acting as pallbearer. His coffin is carried into the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne and he is buried at St Finbarr’s Cemetery.
Terence James MacSwiney was an Irish playwright, author and politician. He was elected as Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork during the Irish War of Independence in 1920. He was arrested by the British on charges of sedition and imprisoned in Brixton Prison in England. His death there in October 1920 after 74 days on hunger strike brought him and the Irish struggle to international attention.