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Freedom of the City

The custom of awarding the "Freedom of the City" whereby persons distinguished for public service become Honorary Burgesses of a City dates from the 14th century. Prior to the reform of the Cork Corporation in 1841 the City was generous in awarding the distinction to prominent representatives, of those thus honoured may be mentioned Dean Swift and Captain Richard Roberts who navigated the "Sirius" the first steamship to cross the Atlantic from Europe Cobh to New York in 1838. Due to recent acquisitions by the Cork City Library a complete list of the Freemen of the City of Cork including Honorary Freemen for the period 1609-1841 is now available. Owing to the destruction of municipal documents by fire in the Courthouse in 1891 very few early municipal documents are available except some few items that have recently come to light. Previous to 1887 the Municipal Privileges Act, 1875, was passed under which Charles S. Parnell and William E. Gladstone were elected Honorary Burgesses, and on August 22nd, 1884, William O'Brien.

Those Admitted since 1887 are as follows:

Hon. Patrick A. Collins

Member of Congress and General U.S.A. Army, elected 15th July, 1887. (In recognition of his able and unswerving exertions in the cause of Ireland and her People, on the continent of America). 

John E. Redmond, Esq.

M.P., Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, elected 10th January, 1902. (In recognition of his eminent services as Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, and in appreciation of the great ability and energy which he displayed in the cause of the Irish people during his recent visit to America). 

Patrick Francis Moran

Cardinal, Archbishop of Sydney, elected 22nd August, 1902. (In recognition of his eminent services to the Church and to the Nation, of his brilliant and successful labours in uplifting and extending the influence of Religion; in promoting the great work of Christian Education; in vindicating and adorning Irish history, and in advancing and developing the great principle of National Self Government, not only in Ireland, but in the great Australian Commonwealth, in which so many of our race and kindred have found a happy and prosperous home). 

Andrew Carnegie, L.L.D.

Philanthropist, elected 5th September, 1902. (In recognition of the philanthropic spirit which has animated Mr. Andrew Carnegie in his gift to various Cities and Towns of large sums of money for the benefit of people who had no special claim on him, and, in particular, as an acknowledgement of the munificent donation of £10,000 to Cork for the erection of a Free Library).  

Vincent Vanutelli

Cardinal Papal Legate, elected 5th August, 1904. (In grateful recognition of the paternal affection and generous goodwill manifested by His Holiness Pope Pius X, towards the people of Ireland since his accession to the Chair of Peter, more especially in commissioning the Most Eminent Cardinal Vanutelli to represent His Holiness at the solemn consecration of the National Cathedral of St. Patrick in Armagh, and in further recognition of the cordial and gracious manner in which His Eminence has fulfilled his mission to this country). 

Diarmud O Donnabhain Rossa

Fear Páipéar do toghadh Samhain 24adh la, 1904, mar chomhartha méasa ar a dhilseacht d'Éirinn agus mar ómós dó de bharr abhi fulaingthe aige ar son na tíre.

Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa

Journalist, elected 24th November, 1904. (As a tribute to his many sterling qualities as an Irish Nationalist, and as one who has suffered a long term of penal servitude for his devotion to the cause of Ireland). 

Dúbhglas de Híde

Fear Páipéar, do toghadh Meitheamh 22adh, 1906 idtaobh na sár-oibre bhí aige á dhéanamh leis an nGaedhilg d'aithbheochaint.

Douglas Hyde

Journalist, elected 22nd June, 1906. (In recognition of his invaluable services towards the revival of the Irish language). 

Michael Logue

Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, elected 12th June, 1908. (In recognition of his distinguished services to Ireland and the Church, and in particular his recent splendid manifestation of zeal and patriotism when representing the Country at the celebration of the Centenary of the Archdiocese of New York, and also as a small token of our warm appreciation of the noble reception accorded and the conspicuous honour done to him by all creeds and classes in the United States of America on the occasion of his visit to the Great Western Continent). 

Maitiu Ó Comain

Uachtarán Sean-Ord na nÉireannach i Meiriceá do toghadh Bealtaine 21adh, 1909, le meas don mhéid a bhí déanta ar son na hÉireann ag on Ord.

Hon. Matthew Cumming

President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, America, elected 21st May, 1909. (In recognition of the services rendered to Ireland by that organisation). 

Éamonn Ó Meachair Condún

Captaen san 69 adh Díonna i nArm Stát Aontuighthe Meiricéa, do toghadh Meadhon Foghmhair 12 adh la, 1909, le meas don meid a bhí déanta aige arson na hÉireann.

Edward Ó Meagher Condon

Captain of the 69th Regiment U.S.A. Army, elected 17 September, 1909 (in recognition of his services to Ireland). 

Right Hon. Redmond Barry

Lord Chancellor Ireland, elected 20th October, 1911 (As a tribute to the great ability and many sterling qualities which have won for him the high position which he has attained). 

Peadar Ó Laoghaire

Canónach, P.P., to toghadh Bealtaine 10 adh la, 1912, mar gheall ar a mhór shaothar domheasta do'n Ghaedhilg agus do litríocht na Gaedhilge.

Peter O'Leary

Canon P.P., elected 10th May, 1912. (In recognition of the priceless services rendered by him to the Irish Language and the Irish Literary Movement generally). 

Rt. Hon. Ignatius O'Brien M.A.

Lord Chancellor of Ireland, elected 25th April, 1913, on his appointment to the high office of Lord Chancellor of Ireland. 

Rt. Hon. John Campbell, K.T., K.C.M.G., G.C.V.O.

Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. (In recognition of his eminent services to this country, and in appreciation of the ability and energy which he displayed in all matters affecting the welfare of the Irish people, during his tenure of the high office of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland).  

Very Rev. Fr. Thomas (Dowling), O.S.F.C.

Guardian, Holy Trinity Church, Cork, ex-provincial of the Capuchin Order, Honorary President of the Cork and District Trades and Labour Council. (In recognition of his invaluable services in preserving the peace of the City by his successful adjustment of industrial disputes).  

Kuno Meyer

D'ath-toghadh Bealtaine 4adh la, 1920, do cuireadh ordú leis an gComhairle ar scriosadh a ainmne de'en rolla ar neamnhidh ag an gcminniu san.

Kuno Meyer

Re-elected 14th May, 1920, and order of Council of the 8th January, 1915, expunging his name from the roll rescinded. 

Dr. Woodrow Wilson

President of the United States, elected 10th January, 1919, as a mark of approval of the high principles laid down by him for the settlement of the peace of the world, of justice between nations, and the rights of the people. 

Monsignor Sar-Oirmh Ó Mainchín, D.D., L.L.D.

Ardeasbog Mhelbourne, do toghadh Lughnasa an 6adh la 1920, de bharr a dheagh-saothair uasail ar son onóra agus saoirse na h-Éireann.

Most Rev. Monsignor Mannix, D.D., L.L.D.

Archbishop of Melbourne, elected 6th of August, 1920. (In recognition of his distinguished services in defence of the honour and liberty of our country). 

Dr. Sar-Oirmh Spens

Ard Easpog Adelaide; do toghadh Lúghnasa 28 adh la 1920, ar ócaid a chuairde ana thír dhúthchais agus mar ómós dó de bharr a chabhartha le cúis neamhspleádhchais na tíre.

Most Rev. Dr. Spence

Archbishop of Adelaide elected 27th August, 1920, on the occasion of his visit to his native land, and as a tribute to his adherence to the cause of Irish Independence (conferred 24th November, 1930).  

Dr. Sar-Oirm de Barra

Coidiútor-Ard-Easbog (Hobart) i dí Tasmania, do toghadh Meadhon Fóghmhair 10adh la 1920, ar ócaid a chuairde ar a thír dhúthchais agus mar ómós dó de bharr a chabhartha le cúis neamhspleádhchais na tíre.

Most Rev. Dr. Barry

Coadjutor Archbishop of Hobart Tasmania, elected 10th September, 1920, on the occasion of his visit to his native land, and as a tribute to his adherence to the cause of Irish Independence. 

Rev. Fr. Dominick, O.S.F.C.

Cork, elected 25th February, 1922, as a mark of respect for his valuable services rendered as Chaplain to the first two Republican Lord Mayors of Cork, and especially for his steadfast devotion to the late Toirdhealbach MacSuibhne, T.D., while suffering and dying for his country in Brixton prison, and as a mark of appreciation of his own sufferings in Ireland's cause. 

Sir Frank Benson

Elected 24th January, 1930, to mark the farewell visit of the distinguished actor, and in appreciation of his great work on behalf of Art and Drama and of his long association with the City of Cork. 

Most Rev. Paschal Robinson, O.F.M.

Papal Nuncio to Saorstat Eireann, elected 16th July, 1930, as a mark of recognition of the great honour bestowed upon him by his Holiness, Pope Pius Xl., and as a token of the loyalty and affection entertained by the Lord Mayor, Corporation and citizens of Cork for the Holy See. 

Most Rev. Dr. Finbar Ryan, O.P., M.A.

St. Mary's, Cork, elected 22nd June, 1937, in recognition of the great honour bestowed on him by his Holiness the Pope on appointing him coadjutor Archbishop of Port-of-Spain and Archbishop of Gubula (Conferred 5th October, 1937). 

Sean T. O Ceallaigh

Uachtarán na h-Éireann. Do toghadh on 25ú la de Mhí na Samhna 1947. Do bronnadh Saoirse na Chathrach air, an 8ú lá de Mhéanfhóir 1948, ar ócáid a chéad cuarda oifigiúil ar Chathair Chorcaí.

Sean T. O'Kelly

President of Ireland. Elected 25th November, 1947. Conferred 8th September, 1948, on the occasion of his first official visit to Cork. 

A Shoillse Seán Cardinéal D'Altun

Ard Easbog, Ard Mhacha agus Prímadh Éireann uile, do toghadh an 28ú la d'Aibreán 1953, mar chomhartha aitheantais ar fheabhas a chuid seirbhise do'n Eaglais agus do'n naisiún agus mar chomhartha buiochais as an ngradam do bhronn an tAthair Naofa an Pápa Pius XII., ar ar dtír nuair d'arduigh go Colaiste Naofa na gCardineil e. Do bronnadh an 16ú la Meitheamh, 1953.

His Eminence John Cardinal D'Alton

Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all-Ireland, elected 28th April, 1953, in recognition of his outstanding service to the Church and to the Nation and as a mark of appreciation of the great honour bestowed upon our Country by his Holiness Pope Pius XII., in elevating him to the Sacred College of Cardinals. Conferred 16th June, 1953. 

A Shoilse an Dochtúir Sár Oirmhidneach Risteárd Cuisín

Ard Easpog Boston, do toghadh 12ú lá Lúnasa, 1958, Mar aithint ar a dheagh-mhéinn nithiuil de chun na hÉireann, agus go háirithe chun muintir Chontae agus Cathrac Chorcaí, agus mar Chomhartha comhbáidhe lena dhaoine muintear ina Art-Fhairche Ó Ard-Mhaor Bardas agus Saoránaigh Chorcaí. Do Bronnadh an 26ú lá Lúnasa, 1958.

His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Richard Cushing

Archbishop of Boston, elected 12th August, 1958, in recognition of his practical goodwill towards Ireland and in particular towards the people of the Country and City of Cork, and as a token of the affection in which our kith and kin in his ArchDiocese are held by the Lord Mayor, Corporation and Citizens of Cork. Conferred 26th August, 1958. 

A Mhórgacht Mícheál Cairdinéal de Brún, O.P.

toghadh 31 Iúil, 1962, ar son seirbhíse dílse Ord na Seanmóirithe, ina raibh sé ina mháistir Ginearálta oirirc don chathair seo leis na céadta blian anuas, agus mar bhuíochas as an onóir, a bronnadh air, agus trína bhithin sin ar Phobal na hEireann i gcoitinne, ag a Naofacht ina phrionsa de chuid na hEaglaise Caitlic. Do bronnadh an 13 Lúnasa, 1962. 

His Eminence Michael Cardinal Browne, O.P.

Elected 31st July, 1962, in recognition of the devoted service rendered to the City over the centuries by the Order of Preachers, of which he was the distinguished Master General, and in appreciation of the honour conferred on him, and through him on the Irish Nation, by His Holiness Pope John XXIII in elevating him as a Prince of the Catholic Church. Conferred 13th August, 1962. 

Seán Mac Gearailt Ó Cinnéide.

johnf_kennedy Uachtarán Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá. Toghadh 11 Meitheamh, 1963, mar chomhartha mórtais ár muintire gur toghadh duine de chli-ocht eisimirceach Gael chun na mor-oifig ceannasaí sin agus mar chomhartha áthais go bhfuil cuairt aige á thabhairt ar thir dhúchais a shinsir; mar chomhartha measa ar a shaothar buan torthúil chun a chur ar chumas an chine daonna séan agus siochain cheart do bhaint amach agus mar dhearbhú ar an dlúth-bhaint a bhi riamh anall idir ár dhá mhuintir. Bronnadh an 28 Meitheamh, 1963.


John Fitzgerald Kennedy

President of the United States of America. Elected 11th June 1963, in token of our pride that this descendant of Irish emigrants should have been elected to such an exalted office and of our appreciation of his action in coming to visit the country of his ancestors; as a tribute to his unceasing and fruitful work towards the attainment of prosperity and true peace by all the people of the world, and in recognition of the close ties that have always existed between our two countries. Conferred 28th June, 1963. 

A Ónoir, An Cairdinéal Liam Mac Con Mídhe

Ardeaspag Ard Mhacha agus Príomhaidh na hÉireann uile. Toghadh 25 Bealtaine, 1965, mar gheall ar an bhfónamh suaithinseach atá déanta aige don Eaglais agus don náisiún agus mar gheall ar a ardchéimíocht mar scoláire mar dhiagaire agus mar shocheolaí, agus le teann measa ar an ngradam a bhronn a Naofacht an Pápa Pol VI air fein agus ar Éirinn nuair a thoigh sé ina bhall de Choláiste na gCairdinéal é. Bronneadh an 15 Meitheamh, 1965.

His Eminence William Cardinal Conway

Archbishop of Annagh and Primate of All-Ireland. Elected 25th May, 1965, in recognition of his eminent services to the Church and to the nation, and of his distinguished achievement as a scholar, theologian and sociologist, and as a mark of appreciation of the honour conferred on him and on Ireland by His holiness, Pope Paul VI, when he elevated him to the Sacred College of Cardinals. Conferred 15th June, 1965. 

Eamon de Valera, Uachtarán na hÉireann

eamon_devaleraToghadh 26 Feabhra, 1973, i gcomaoin a sheirbhíse dílse don Náisiún Eireannach ar feadh a shaoil, mar thír-rathóir, mar shaighdiúir, mar scoláire agus mar státaire, agus i gcomh-artha an cheana agus an mheasa ata ag muintir Chorcaí air. Bronnadh an 31 Marta, 1973.

Eamon de Valera, President of Ireland.

Elected on 26th February, 1973, in appreciation of his lifetime of devoted service to the Irish Nation as patriot, soldier, scholar and statesman and in token of the affection and esteem in which he is held by the people of Cork. Conferred 31st March, 1973. 

A Onóir, an Cairdinéal Tadhg O Mainnín

Ardeaspag Los Angeles, toghadh 12 Samhain, 1973, d'fhonn ár n-áthas ár mbród as an gradam a bronnadh air nuair a rinne bhall de Choláiste na gCairdinéal de a chur in iúl de mar aon le méid ár measa ar a ghean agus a dhuthracht de lucht dealuis agus dearóile a Ard-Deoise agus an mbuiochas leis as a bhuan-le muintir Chathair agus Chontae Chorcai agus a spéic ina leas i gcónaí. Bronnadh an 4 Nollaig, 1973.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Manning

Archbishop of Los Angeles. Elected on 12th November, 1973, in token of our joy and pride at his elevation to the sacred College of Cardinals in recognition of his special care for the underprivileged of his Archdiocese and in appreciation of his abiding affection for and interest in the welfare of the people of the City and County of Cork. Conferred 4th December, 1973. 

Ollamh Aloys G. Fleischmann, M.A., D. Mus, Mus D. (T.C.D.), M.R.I.A.

Oide agus cumadoir a bhfuil a shaol agus a dhúthracht caite aige le saothrú an cheoil agus na healáine i gCathair Chorcaí mar gheall ar a mhór-shaothar agus a sharfhriochnamh neamh-leitheasach mar Stiurthóir Chór-Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta Chorcaí, Chumainn Ceolfhoirneach Chorcaí agus fondúireachtái eile agus i gcomaoin a bhuan le agus a bhuan- phairte le leas ar náisiún agus le leas muintir Chathair agus Contae Chorcaí. Bronnadh ar 28 Aibreán, 1978.

Professor Aloys G. Fleischmann, M.A., D. Mus., Mus. D.(T.C.D.), M.R.I.A.

Teacher and composer, whose life and energies have been devoted to the development of music and art in the City of Cork, in appreciation of his great and unselfish work and dedication as Director and Organiser of the Cork International Choral Festival, the Cork Orchestral Society and other institutions, and of his abiding affection and interest in the welfare of our nation and of the people of the City and County of Cork. Conferred 28th April, 1978. 

Dochtúir Sár-Oirmhineach Conchúr Ó Luasa

dr_luceyAth Easpag Chorcai agus Rosa ar son a fheabhas agus a fhóna gabhse don Eaglais agus do Chathair Chorcaí agus e ina Easpag o1952 to dti 1980, ar son a shaothair shúntasai mar Socheolai a raibh ómra mór leana chomhairle ghrinn maidir le chruacheisteanna conspóideacha a linne, go hairithe o thaobh an chreidimh agus na móraltachta de, mar chomhartha measa ar an gcéad Easpag Eireannach riamh a bhunaigh Misean Coigríoch Deoiseach nuair a ghlac se le paróiste de chuid Peiriú mar bhall dá Dheoise fein, ar thógalaí mor scoileanna agus séipéil, mar thréadai a theagasc na firinni bunaidh, agus mar chomhartha ar an gcion agus ar an meas ata ag muintir Chathair agus Chontae Chorcai go huile air. Dá bhri sin uile agus mórán eile lena chois is dóighle hArdmhéara, Seanóirí anus Comhairleoirí Chontaebhuirg Chorcdai gur fiúé go gclárófaí a ainm i rolla a saoránaigh oinigh agus órdaíonn siad amhlaidh d'onghuth".

Most Rev. Dr. Cornelius Lucey

Former Bishop of Cork and Ross in recognition of his outstanding service to the Church and to the City of Cork as Bishop from 1952 to 1980, of his distinguished achievements as a Sociologist renowned for his contributions to major issues of the day and particularly in the sphere of faith and morals, as the first Irish Bishop to inaugurate a Diocesan Foreign Mission by adopting a Parish in Peru as part of his Diocese, as a great builder of schools and Churches, as pastor who preached the fundamental truths, and as a token of the affection and esteem in which he was held by all the people of the City and County of Cork. For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider him worthy to be enrolled in the roll of its honorary citizens and so unanimously direct". 

Seán Uasal Ó Loingsigh, B.L., LL.D.

j._lynchTaoiseach agus Ceannaire Rialtais Leanúnacha de chuid Poblacht na hÉireann ó 1966 go dtí 1973 agus ó 1977 to dtí 1979. Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Aire Chomhairle an Chomhphobail Eorpaigh tráth, duine de Theachtaí Dála Dhailcheantair Chathair Chorcaí ó 1948 i leith; eiseamlair agus crann taca Cearta Daonlathacha an duine agus riail an dlí, a chaith dhúthracht le saol a chomhthíreach a fheabhsu agus a léirigh go binn barrshamhail saoithiúlacht agus cultúr na tíre seo i gcéin agus i gcóngar, fear a chuir a ionracas, a chaondúthracht agus a dhílseacht neamhleithleasach dá mhuinitir, dá thír agus dá chomhshaoránaigh, mar aon lena chomhairle chríonna, a mheasarthacht mhaorga, a dhiongbháil teacht agus a umhlaíocht phearsanta d'acht is d'áirithe, ar thús cadhnáiochta e i measc na gceannairí móra agus a mheall cion air ní amhain i measc a dhlúthchairde ach i measc naisiúin an domhain mar a bhfuil meas agus gean agus gnaoi air, Iúchchleasai that na bearta a ghnóhaigh gach aon ghradám ab airde ná a cheile i gcluichí náisiúnta na hÉireann, Mar Chorcaioch,thabhaigh sé urraim agus onóir da chathair dhúchais. Dá bhrí sin uile agus mórán eile lena chois is dóigh le hArdmhéara, Seanóirí agus Comhairleoirí Chontaebhuirg Chorcaí gur fiú é go gclárofaí a ainm i rolla saoránaigh oinigh agus ordaíonn siad amhlaidh d'aonghuth."

Mr. Jack Lynch, B.L. L.L.D.

Formerly Taoiseach and head of successive Governments of the Republic of Ireland from 1966 to 1973 and 1977 to 1979, one time Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Council of European Community, Teachta Dala for the Constituency of Cork City since 1948. Exemplar and upholder of the Democratic Rights of man and the rule of law, who devoted himself to the establishment of a better way of life for his fellow countrymen to the fullest expression of the Irish Ideal and countrymen to the fullest expression of the Irish Ideal and Culture at home and abroad, whose sincerity, dedication and unselfish devotion to his people, his country and his fellow citizens, whose wise counsel, dignified restraint, firmness and humility, at all times, placed in the forefront of great leaders and endeared him, not only to those of his friends who knew him best but also to the nations of the World among whom he is loved and respected and admired; sportsman extraordinary and holder of the greatest awards which can be won in the field of Irish National games. As a Corkman Jack Lynch has brought honour to the City of his birth and has set a goal for all Irishmen to follow for generations to come. For all this and much more the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider him worthy to be enrolled in the roll of its honorary citizens and so unanimously direct." 

Tomas P. Ó Néill ÓG

Ceannaire Teach na dTeachtaí na Stáit Aontaithe as ucht á eaehtaí thar mórán bliain i saol Pholaitiochta a thír dhuchais agus i dtestiméireacht ar an onóir a thugann sé chuig Éirinn, tír a shinsear, tréna ghrá don tír agus a mhuintir, gean a nochtann sé go rialta tréna chuid oibre agus gníomhartha ar shon agus don chreideamh daingean agus scúram a ghlacann se chuige féin mar gheall ar an daonlathas sa bhaile agus ar fud an domhain mhóir, go háirithe in áiteanna ina mbíonn saoirse agus cearta daonna fé bhagairt. De thoradh na nithe san sa bhliain stairiúil seo nuair atá Corcaigh ag ceiliúradh a chéad cairte a bheith bronnta uirthi cothram is 800 bliain o Shoin, measann An tArdmhéara, Seanóirí agus Comhairleoirí Contae Bhuirg Chorcaí gur fiú é Tomás P. ÓNéill Óg a chlárú i rolla a Saoránaigh Oinigh agus Ordaíonn siad amhlaidh.

Thomas P. O'Neill Jr.

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives in recognition of his outstanding achievements over many years in the political life of his native country, in testimony of the honour which he brings to Ireland, the country of his ancestors, through his love for his country and its people, an affection which he continually demonstrates through his work and actions on our behalf and for his steadfast belief in and concern for democracy at home and in all parts of the world, especially where freedom and human rights are under threat. For those reasons and in the historic year when Cork celebrates the 800th anniversary of the grant of its first Charter, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., worthy to be enrolled in the roll of its Honorary Freemen and so direct. 

Rt. Rev. Monsignor James Dean Bastible B.A.D.D.

In recognition and appreciation of his long and outstanding services to so many voluntary organisations, particularly those organisations involved in the care of the mentally handicapped, disabled and poor of the City, and of his magnificent contribution as Chairman for twenty five years of the Cork Polio and General After-Care Association and as Chairman for twenty- three years of St. Patrick's Branch, Sick Poor Society; and by honouring Dean Bastible to express the gratitude and appreciation of the citizens for the enormous contribution made by all voluntary organisations to the welfare, health, care and housing of the under-privileged, disabled and poor of the community." 

Dr. Sean Ó Faolain

In recognition of his great literacy ability and creative imagination, in appreciation of his energetic devotion to his vocation and his outstanding contribution of ten volumes of short stories, three novels, a play, numerous prose works including literary criticism, five biographies as well as travel essays and an autobiographical memoir. In acknowledgement of his contribution to the political, social and cultural currents of Irish life and his abiding affection and interest in the welfare of our nation and of the people and city of Cork. In gratitude for his assistance to and encouragement of young writers when as editor of The Bell he greatly influenced such writers as Brendan Behan and James Plunkett while publishing the best Irish writers of the time. 

Mary Robinson

mary_robinsonPresident of Ireland. Elected on 7th. November 1990. In recognition and appreciation of her outstanding achievements in advancing civil rights and social justice in Ireland; in recognition of her achievement of being the first woman to attain the highest office in the land, that of Uachtaran na hEireann, and as a token of the high esteem in which she is held by the people of Cork, for all this and much more, the Lord Mayor, Alderman and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider her worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens and so direct. Conferred 23rd February, 1991.

Maire Mhic Róibín

Uachtarán na hÉireann, toghadh 7 Samhain 1990 - de bharr a heachtrai i gcur chun cinn cearta sibhialta agus daonna, in Éirinn, óir gurbh í an chéad bhean a chruthaigh an oifig is airde sa tir, Uachtaránacht na hÉireann, agus mar chomhartha mór-mheasa muintir Chorcaí uirthi, ar a chion seo agus breis lena chois, measann Ard-Mhéara. Seanóirí agus comhairleoiri Chontae Bhuirg Chorcaí, gur fiú í a hainm a chur i rolla a saoranach onórach, agus ordaionn siad go ndéanfai amhlaidh. Bronnadh 23 Feabhra 1991. 

Rev. Fr. Roch Bennett, O.F.M. Cap.

"That the freedom of Cork City be conferred on Fr. Roch O.F.M. Cap: In acknowledgement of his many enterprises which have given productive opportunity to those who otherwise would have been without such; As a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held in this City; For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider him worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens and so direct."

An Ath. Roch Bennett, O.F.M. Cap.

"Go mbronnfar Saoirse Chathair Chorcaí ar an Ath. Roch O.F.M., Cap: Mar bhuíochas don deis oibre a thug sé do dhaoine a bheadh ina éagmais murach a mhór-chuid gníomhaíochtaí; Mar chomhartha ar an ard-mheas agus cion atá air sa Chathair seo. Dá bhrí sin uile agus mórán eile lena chois, is dóigh le hArd Mhéara, Seanóirí agus Comhairleoirí Chontae Bhuirg Chorcaí gur fiú é go gclárofaí a ainm i Rolla a Saoránach Oinigh, agus ordaíonn siad amhlaidh d'aonghuth." 

Mr. Maurice Hickey

maurice_hickey"That the Freedom of Cork City be conferred on Mr. Maurice Hickey: In appreciation of his extraordinary contribution to Irish medical practice; In recognition of his pioneering work in the field of thoracic surgery; In particular gratitude for his life-saving efforts in the campaign against tuberculosis; In admiration for his selfless dedication and great personal kindness to the sick; In respect for a life dedicated to the care of others; As a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held by the citizens of Cork. For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider him worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens and so direct."

Muiris Uasal Ó Hicí

"Go mbronnfar Saoirse Chathair Chorcaí ar an Uasal Muiris Ó Hicí. Ag léiriú measa ar an gcion gan chuimse a dhein sé do liacht na hÉireann: Ag tabhairt aitheantais dá obair cheannródaithe i réimse máinliachta tóracsaí; Go háirithe mar bhuíochas dá iarrachtaí chun beatha a shábáilt sa bhfeachtas in aghaidh eitinne; Mar mheas ar a chúram neamhleithleasach do agus a ardchion pearsanta ar dhaoine breoite; In ómós do shaol tugtha d'aire dhaoine eile; Mar chomhártha ar an ard mheas agus cion atá ag Muintir Chathair Chorcaí air. Dá bhrí sin uile agus mórán eile lena chois is dóigh le hArd Mhéara, Seanóirí agus Comhairleoirí Chontae Bhuirg Chorcaí gur fiú é go clarófaí a ainm i Rolla a Saoránach Oinigh agus Ordaíonn siad amhlaidh d'aonghuth." 

Mrs. Maureen Curtis-Black

maureen_curtisblackAt a meeting of Cork County Borough Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Monday, 26th April, 1993, An tArd Mheara proposed and it was unanimously agreed. "That the Freedom of Cork City be conferred on Mrs. Maureen Curtis-Black. In appreciation of her extraordinary commitment to social justice, In admiration of her pioneering work in the establishment of the Cork Citizens Advice Bureau and in the development of similar advisory services elsewhere, In recognition of her immense contribution to the welfare of women, particularly those widowed or disadvantaged as manifested in the founding of the Cork Widows Association, In acknowledgement of her courage and role in winning Free Legal Aid for those not in a position to fight for legal entitlements and of the huge national and international significance of that campaign, In respect for a life dedicated to the service of others, particularly those with no voice, As a token of the high esteem and affection in which she is held in this city, For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider her worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of the Honorary Citizens and so direct."

Mairín de Chuirtéis-Uí Dhuibh

Ag cruinniú De Chomhairle Chontae Bhuirg Chorcaí a tionóladh i Seomra na Comhairle, Halla na Cathrach, Corcaigh ar an Luan, 26 Aibreán, 1993, glacadh d'aon ghuth le moladh an Ard Mhéara... "Go mBronnfar Saoirse na Cathrach ar Mhairín de Chuirtéis-Uí Dhuibh mar chomhartha buíochais don chúram gan chuimse a ghlacann sí chuici féin ag saothrú ar son ceart an duine, agus don cheannrodaíocht a rinne sí ag bunú Ionad Eolais Phobal Chathair Chorcaí agus a leithéid ar fud na tíre. Mar chomartha measa ar shaol atá caite aici ag saothrú ar son leasa an phobail, go mór mór an cosmhuintir. Mar chomhartha ar an ard-mheas agus gean di sa chathair seo. Ar a chion seo agus mór-chuid eile lena chois measann Ard Mhéara, Seanóir´ agus Comhairleoirí Chathair Chorcaí gur fiú í a hainm a chlárú ar Rolla Saoránach Oinigh agus ordaíonn said go ndeanfar amhlaidh." 

Br. Jerome Kelly

br_jeromeAt a meeting of Cork County Borough Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Monday, 28th March, 1994, An tArd Mheara proposed and it was unanimously agreed. "That the Freedom of Cork City be conferred on Rev. Br. Jerome Kelly: In appreciation of his remarkable contribution to Irish education over years, In admiration of his commitment to social justice and his unstinting efforts on behalf of the homeless elderly in Cork, In recognition of his innovative leadership of S.H.A.R.E, the voluntary housing organisation, In respect for his insistence on everyone's right to dignity in old age, In particular acknowledgement of his encouragement of young people to achieve growth and maturity through the use of their talents in the service of others, As a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held in this city, For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider him worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its honorary Citizens and so direct.

Bráthair Diarmaid Ó Ceallaig

"Go mbronnfar Saoirse Chathair Chorcaí ar an mBráthair Diarmaid Ó Ceallaig. Mar bhuíochas ar an méid a rinne sé do chúrsai oideachais in Éirinn thar na blianta, Mar mhórtas dá dhíograis do chearta an duine agus dá chuid oibre ar son na seandaoine gan tithiocht i gCorcaigh, Mar aitheantas da cheannródaiocht i gceannas ar an eagraíocht dheonach tithíochta SHARE, Mar mheas ar a sheasamh go bhfuil dínit sa tseanaois mar cheart ag gach einne, Mar theastas faoi leith ar ar ngríosadh a thug se don óige iad fein a fhorbairt tri fhreastal ar dhaoine eile, Mar chomhartha ar an ard mheas agus gean dó sa cathair seo, Dá bhrí sin uile agus mórán eile lena chois is dóigh le hArd Mhéara, Senóirí agus Comhairleoirí Chontae Bhuirg Chorcaí gur fiú é go gclárófaí a ainm i Rolla a Saoránach Oinigh, agus ordaíonn siad amhlaidh d'aonghuth. 

Mr. Con Murphy

con_murphy"That the Freedom of Cork City be conferred on Mr Con Murphy in appreciation of his remarkable contribution to sport and to the Gaelic Athletic Association as player and administrator over many years. In admiration of his personal qualities of integrity, foresight and determination on which were founded many innovative developments within the Gaelic Athletic Association. In respect for his life-long belief in the value of sport as a positive formative influence on the young. In recognition of his love for and commitment to his native Cork and of a lifetime of unselfish service given to the local community. As a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held in this City. For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider him worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens and so direct." An tArd Mheara then addressed the meeting and said: - "It is very heartening to see so many people here today to pay tribute to a man whose contribution to this city has been enormous. The citation which the City Manager had read captures the reasons why we are honouring Con Murphy by bestowing on him the highest honour this historic city of Cork can give. A great sportsman, a man with vision and integrity, a man with a great love of his native city and county, a man whose work for the youth of Cork and of the country as a whole marks him out as someone very special indeed. Con Murphy represents the very best of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Cork. Selfless in his commitment to the association's work, modest and courteous in everything he does and far-seeing in respect of the future of Gaelic Games.

Conchur Ó Murchú

The City Manager & Town Clerk, Mr Jack Higgins read the resolution conferring the Freedom of the City on Mr Con Murphy as follows: -

"Go mbronnfaí Saoirse na Cathrach ar Chonchúr (Con) Ó Murchú Mar aitheanntas ar a bhfuil déanta aige do chúrsaí spóirt agus Cumann Lúthchleas Gael mar imreoir agus riarthóir thar a char mór de bhlianta. Mar mhórtas do dhínit a phearsain, dá réamhchúiseacht ionracas agus díograis ag tionscnámh mór chuid coinceap forbartha i gCumann lúthchleas Gael. Mar theastas, ar an muinín atá léirithe aige fad a shaoil bfhiuntas cúrsaí spóirt ag múnlú na hÓige. Mar theistiméireacht ar a dhíograis agus a dhílseacht ag feidhmiú go fial is go fónta do Chorcaigh a dhúchais. Mar Léiri´u ar an ard mheas agus gean dó sa Chathair seo. Dá bharr san uilig agus mór chuid eile lena chois glacann Ard Mhéara, Seanóiri agus Comhairleoirí Chontae Bhuirg Chorcaí go mba chóir an onóir a bronnaah air a ainm a bheith claraithe i Rolla a Saoránach Oineach agus molaid go ndéanfar amhlaidh.  

John Bermingham

john_berminghamFollowing this rich tradition at a meeting of Cork County Borough Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Monday 11th November, 1996, An tArd Mhéara Ald. James A. Corr proposed and it was unanimously agreed .... "That the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on John Bermingham:In appreciation of his remarkable contribution to the personal growth of persons with mild and profound mental handicaps in the City and County of Cork. As a founding member of the Cork Poliomyelitis After Care Association in 1957 he has been continuously involved in directing and expanding the role of that Association. Today, known as COPE Foundation it provides a comprehensive service to 1,500 persons from the City and County of Cork with mental handicap and a lifetime commitment to the parents of such persons within its care. The comprehensive nature of the services of COPE Foundation is to be seen in its special schools such as Scoil Bernadette, Scoil Eanna and St. Paul's; the special care unit for severe and profoundly mentally handicapped persons at St. Elizabeth's; the sheltered workshops located in towns in the County of Cork and the integrated housing schemes which at this time total 45 dwellings. He has in the course of the past forty years devoted himself to building up an organisation which is predominantly voluntary in its structure and is committed to responding to the needs of special people in our society. For these reasons and at a time when The COPE Foundation is celebrating forty years of commitment to people, The Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider John Bermingham worthy to be enrolled in the roll of its Honorary Freeman and so direct."

Seán Mac Fheorais

"Go mbronnfar Saoirse Chathair Chorcaí ar Shéan Mac Fheorais Mar aitheantas ar an gaisce atá déanta aige ag cabhrú le daoine i bhforbairt a bpearsain ainneoin aineamh bheag aigne nó mór éalang a bheith orthu. Ghlach sé páirt i mbunú Coiste Poliomyelitis agus ar Chúram Chorcaí sa bhliain 1957 agus ar bhonn leanúnach ó shin tá treoir tugtha agus leathnú deanta aige ar réimse coimhdeachta agus cúraim an choiste. Inniu, aitheanta mar Fhundúracht COPE déanann siad freastal fial fairsing ar 1500 duine ó gCathair agus ó Contae Chorcaí, ar a bhfuil máchail intinne. Cuireann siad comaoin saoil orthu féin cuidiú le tuismitheoirí na ndaoine a mbíonn tógtha acu faoin a gcúram. Tá léargas ar sheirbhisi cuimsitheacha COPE le fáil sna scoileanna inar Scoil Bernaidín, Scoil Naomh Póil; an t-aonad ar leith i "Naomh Eibhlis"; na ceardlanna faoi dhídean lonnaithe i gContae Chorcaí agus sna háitribh acu, ar 45 a lion go nuige seo, atá fite fuaite i measc scéimeanna éagsúla tithiochta. Eagras deonach ar an mórchuid is ea COPE a ghlacann mar a chúram freastal ar riachtanaisí daoine ar leith in ár bpobal, agus tá dhá scór bliain tugtha ag Séan Mac Fheoraisdá fhorbairt. Ar an uain seo agus comóradh dhá scór bliain aige i gcómhar le COPE i mbun coimhdeachta agus cúraim measann Árd-Mhéara, Seanóiri agus Coinhairleoiri Chontae Bhuirg Chorcaí gur fiú é go gcuirfí a ainm i Rolla a Saoránach Oinigh agus ordaíonn siad amhlaidh." 

Senator George Mitchell

On the proposal of An tArdmheara, seconded by Comhairleoir J. O'Callaghan, An Chomhairle adopted the following Resolution: "Go mbronnfaí Saoirse Chathair Chorcaí ar an Seanadóir George Mitchell: As ucht an mór-iarracht aige réiteach cóir a dhéanamh, d'fhonn an tsíochain agus Cothrom Na Feinne a bhuanú i dTuaisceart Na hÉireann; Gur ghlac go fonnmhar le gairm an Uachtaráin Clinton díriú ar bhealach a fháil a chuirfeadh deireadh leis an bhforéigean agus le briseadh an phobail; Mar aitheantas ar an mór-shuim aige i leas agus i rath gach aicme den phobal; Mar theastas dá mhór-dhíograis mar Chathaoirleach ar na Cainteanna UilePhairtí óna d'eascair Comhaontú stairiúil Aoine An Chéasta, an 10ú Aibréain, 1998; In onóir dá chumas mar cheannaire agus mar eadarghabhálaí agus dá dhinit, dá stuaim agus dá ghéarchúis lenar éirigh leis daoine de thuairimí poláitiochta mór-scartha agus éagsúla a chur ag tarraingt lena chéile don chéad uair riamh; Mar chomartha ar an ard-mheas air agus ar an mór-chion dó ag Muintir Chorcaí; Don mhéid sin uile agus mórán eile lena chois, measann Ardmhéara, Seanóirí agus Comhairleoirí Chontae Bhuirg Chorcaí, gur fiú é go gclarófaí é i Rolla a Saoranách oinigh agus ordaíonn go ndéanfaí amhlaidh."


Senator George Mitchell

george_mitchell"That the Freedom of the City be conferred on Senator George Mitchell: In recognition of his exceptional commitment to the cause of lasting peace, justice and harmony in Northern Ireland; In appreciation of his willing acceptance of the invitation of President Clinton to find a formula for the ending of violence and community fragmentation; In acknowledgement of his deep concern for the wellbeing and prosperity of all sections of the community; In admiration of his extraordinary commitment as Chairman of the All-Party Talks which led to the historic Good Friday Agreement of April 10 1998; In honour of his qualities of leadership, negotiation, integrity, wisdom and common sense which made it possible for him to draw together for the first time different and deeply divided political opinions; As a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held by the people of Cork; For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider him worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens and so direct."  

John Hume M.P., M.E.P.

john_humeAt a meeting of Cork City Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Monday, 26th April, 2004, An tÁrd Mheara proposed and it was unanimously agreed:

That the Freedom of the City be conferred on John Hume M.P., M.E.P.

In recognition of his exceptional commitment to the cause of reconciliation on this island and for being a living testament to that fundamental principle of peace – respect for diversity. In recognition of the pivotal role he played in securing the historic Good Friday Agreement of 10th April, 1998, and his unwavering commitment to the fundamental principles of democracy. In admiration of his qualities as a man of honour, generosity, integrity and courage, but above all in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the cause of lasting peace.

For his exhortation that we spill sweat together, instead of blood and his conviction in the futility of violence; As a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held by the people of Cork; For all this and more, The Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors of Cork City Council consider him worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens and so direct.

Given under the common seal of the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and councillors of Cork City Council,

And dated Saturday 8th May, 2004.

Ag cruinniú de Chomhairle Chathair Chorcaí a tionóladh i Lethal na Comhairle, Halla na Cathrach, Corcaigh ar an Luan, 26ú Aibreán, 2004, mhol an tArdmhéara agus cinneadh air d'aonghuth:

Go mbronfaí Saoirse na Cathrach ar John Hume M.P., M.E.P.

In aitheantas ar a dhúthracht thar cuimse ar son an athmhuintearais ar an oileán seo agus é urrúnta, dásachtach ar son bunphrionsabail na síochána - uirriam don ilíocht. Mar aitheantas ar an ról lárnach a ghlac sé i mbaint amach Comhaontú Aoine an Chéasta den 10ú Aibreán, 1998 agus as ucht a chúram gan teip debhunphrionsabail an daonlathais. De cheann a dhea-thréithe, a onóir, a fhlaithiúlacht, a ionrachas agus a mhisneach, ach thar aon ní eile in aitheantas ar a shaothar saoil ar son na síochána buan.

Dá aitheasc gur allas seachas fuil a bheadh ar sileadh linn agus dá dhúnghaois go mbeadh fuar ag an bhforéigean; mar chomhartha ar ghean agus ar urrim mhúintir Chorcaí dó; ar a shon seo agus breis, éilíonn an tArdmhéara, Bardasaigh agus Comhairleóirí Chomhairle Chathair Chorcaí go bhfuil sé feiliúnach agus fiúntach d'fhonn a ainm a chlárú ar Rolla na Saoránach Urraimeach agus treoirítear dá réir.

Tugtha faoi shéala comónta an Airdmhéara, na mBardasach agus comhairleoirí Chomhairle Chathair Chorcaí,

Agus dar dáta an Satharn 8ú Bealtaine, 2004. 

Sonia O’ Sullivan

sonia_osullivanAt a meeting of Cork City Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Monday 23rd May 2005, An tArd Mhéara Comhairleoir Séan Ó Mártín proposed and it was unanimously agreed:

“That the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Sonia O’ Sullivan.

In recognition of her extraordinary achievements in the field of athletics during the course of her remarkable career at both National and International level. For her capacity to uplift her nation with feats of extraordinary brilliance, determination and single-mindedness. In admiration of her courage in the face of adversity, for her unshakable commitment to competing at the highest level without augmentation and for her devotion to the promotion of athletics particularly among the young, for her Olympian spirit, her indomitable will to succeed and for holding us enthralled by her inspiring feats on the track and field - all wrought from a unique talent and a steadfast resolve.

In recognition of her untiring work for humanitarian and charitable causes and as a token of the high esteem and affection in which she is held by the people of Cork; for all this and more, the Lord Mayor and Councillors of Cork City Council consider her worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of Honorary citizens and so direct.”

Ag cruinniú de chomhairle Chathair Chorcaí a tionlódh i Lethal na Comhairle, Halla na Cathrach, Corcaigh ar an Luan, 23ú Bealtaine 2005 , mhol an tArdmhéara agus cinneadh air d’aonghuth:

Go mbronnfar Saoirse na Cathrach ar Sonia O’ Sullivan.
In aitheantas ar na héachtaí luthchleasaíochta atá déanta aici ag leibhéal náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta le fada anuas. Le meas ar an gcumas atá aici meanma agus spiorad an náisiúin a ardú le héachtaí laochmhara den scoth. Mar aitheantas ar an aghaidh a thugann sí ar gach dúthshlán, agus ar an gcrógacht a thaispeánann sí in uair na hanachaine. Don díograis don iomaíocht ag an leibhéal is airde agus don obair atá déanta aici chun luthchleasaíocht a chur chun cinn, ach go háirithe I measc na n-óg. Dos na tréithe suntasacha atá aici - an spiorad Oilimpeach, an diongbháilteacht agus iomaíochas sin nach féidir a cheannsú, agus an bealach a choinnigh sí faoi dhraíocht sinn ag na héachtaí ionsparáideach ar an raon reatha - iad ar fad bunaithe ar thalann agus scil nach bhfacthas a leithéid roimhe seo. Mar aitheantas ar an obair shíoraí a dhéanann sí don charthanacht agus do chúiseanna daonna. Agus mar aitheantas ar an gcion agus meas atá ag muintir Chorcaí uirthi. Ar na cúiseanna seo uilig agus cúiseanna eile nach iad, measann Ard-Mhéara agus Comhairleoirí Chomhairle Cathrach Chorcaí go bhfuil sé ceart agus cóir í a chlárú ar Rolla na gCathróirí Onóracha agus ordaíonn go ndéanfar sin.”
 

Roy Keane

roy_keaneAt a meeting of Cork City Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Monday 23rd May 2005, An tArd Mhéara Comhairleoir Séan Ó Mártín proposed and it was unanimously agreed:

“That the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Roy Keane.
In recognition of the position which he has occupied for more than a decade at the pinnacle of Premiership and International football and for his contribution to that sport on the local, national and international stage. In admiration for his unwavering commitment to excellence in his chosen sport; for his leadership, skill and courage as Captain of both Manchester United and the Irish national squad. For the exceptional pleasure and pride which he has engendered in the hearts of Irish, and most especially, Cork men and women during the course of his remarkable career. In recognition of his extraordinary and most often anonymous work for charity, as a token of the high esteem and affection in which he is held by the people of Cork; for all this and more, the Lord Mayor and Councillors of Cork City Council consider him worthy to be enrolled in the roll of honorary citizens and so direct.”

Ag cruinniú de chomhairle Chathair Chorcaí a tionlódh i Lethal na Comhairle, Halla na Cathrach, Corcaigh ar an Luan, 23ú Bealtaine 2005 , mhol an tArdmhéara agus cinneadh air d’aonghuth:

Go mbronnfar Saoirse na Cathrach ar Roy Keane.

In aitheantas ar an gclú agus cáil atá tuillte aige le breis agus deich mbliana anuas i sacar sa Phríomh-Shraith agus go hIdirnáisiúnta agus ar an méid atá déanta aige don sport sin ar bhonn áitiúil, náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta. Tá gaisce déanta aige sa spórt sin, agus léirigh sé scil, ceannasaíocht agus crógacht mar Chaptaen ar Manchester United agus Foireann na hÉireann. Mhúscail sé bród, áthas agus mórtas cine i gcroíthe na nGael, muintir Chorcaí ach go háirithe. Aithnímid freisin an obair as cuimse atá déanta aige do chúiseanna carthanachta - obair atá rúnda go minic. Agus aithnímid an cion agus ard-mheas atá ag muintir Chorcaí air. Ar na cúiseanna seo uilig agus cúiseanna eile nach iad, measann Ard-Mhéara agus Comhairleoirí Chomhairle Cathrach Chorcaí go bhfuil sé ceart agus cóir é a chlárú ar Rolla na gCathróirí Onóracha agus ordaíonn go ndéanfar sin. 

Mary McAleese President of Ireland

PresidentAt a meeting of Cork City Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Monday 8th May 2006, An tArd Mhéara Comhairleoir Deirdre Clune proposed and it was unanimously agreed:

“That the Freedom of the City be conferred on Mary McAleese President of Ireland"

In recognition of her leadership in promoting greater understanding and building bridges between all the peoples of this island. In recognition of being the first woman to attain a second term in the highest office in the land, that of Uachtarán na hÉireann. In recognition of her outstanding personal and academic achievements, and as a token of the high esteem in which she is held by the people of Cork; for all this and more, the Lord Mayor and Councillors of Cork City Council consider her worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of Honorary citizens and so direct.”

Ag cruinniú de Chomhairle Chathrach Chorcaí a tionóladh i Seomra an Comhairle, Halla na Cathrach, Corcaigh ar an Luan, 8ú Bealtaine 2006, mhol an tArdmhéara agus cinneadh air d’aonghuth:

“Go mbronnfar Saoirse na Cathrach ar Mháire Mhic Ghiolla Íosa Uachtarán na hÉireann

I ngeall agus i gcomaoin ar a cheannasaíocht i gcothú tuisceana agus muintearais idir pobail an oileáin seo. De bhrí gurab í an chéad bhean riamh a d’éirigh léi an tarna téarma a ghnóthú ins an gradam is airde de chuid ár muintire, Uachtarántacht na hÉireann. Ar son a héachtaí pearsanta agus acadúil as cuimse, agus mar chomhartha ar an ardmheas atá ag saoránaigh Chorcaí uirthi. Ar a shon seo uile agus mórán eile lena chois, measann Ardmhéara agus Comhairleoirí Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí gur fiú í go gcuirfí a hainm ar Rolla a Saoránach Oinigh agus ordaíonn siad amhlaidh.

Michael Flatley             

Michael FlatleyAt a meeting of Cork City Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Tuesday, 10th April, 2007, An tArdMhéara Comhairleoir Micheál Uas Ó hEachteirn proposed and it was unanimously agreed:

"That the Freedom of the City be conferred on Michael Flatley in recognition of his personal achievements as a worldclass dancer, musician, performer and as a person of outstanding artistic talent and capability.

In recognition of his exceptional vision and achievement of raising the profile of Ireland abroad by bringing Irish Dance and Music to a new level and to a worldwide audience through the phenomenal international success of his shows.  In recognition of his pursuit of pushing boundaries and passion for his heritage, and as a token of the high esteem in which he is held by the people of Cork, for all this and much more, the Lord mayor and Councillors of Cork City Council consider him worthy to be enrolled in the roll of Honary Citizens and so direct."

Ag cruinniú de Chomhairle Chathrach Chorcaí a tionóladh i seomra an Comhairle, Halla na Cathrach, Corcaigh ar an Máirt, 10 Aibréan, 2007, mhól an t-ArdMhéara Comhairleoir Micheál Uas Ó hEachteirn agus cinneadh air d'aonghuth.

Go mbronnfar Saoirse na Cathrach ar Micheál Flatley i ngeall agus i gcomaoin a mhórghníomhachtaí pearsanta mar dahmsóir, ceoltóir agus tairbheoir den chéad scoth, agus mar dhuine le cumas agus bua ealáine d'ardchaideán.

In aitheantas ar a fhís eisceachtúil agus de bhrí gur ardaigh sé prófil na hÉireann go hidirnáisiúnta go leibhéil nua agus le ceol agus damhsa na hEireann a thabhairt go lucht féachana ar fud an domhain tré rath feiniméanach idirnáisiúnta a séonna.  De bhrí go mbíonn sé de shíor ag leathnú a chuid céardúlachta agus ar son a mhór-suime san oidhreacht agus mar chomhartha ar an ardmheas atá ag saoránaigh Chorcaí air.  Ar a shon Chomhairle Cathrach Chorcaí gur fiú é go gcuirfí a haimnm ar Rolla a Saoránach Oinigh agus ordáionn siad amhlaidh.

Mr. Albert Reynolds and the Rt. Hon. Sir John Major   

John Major At a meeting of Cork City Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on 12th May, 2008, An Chomhairle tArd Mhéara Comhairleoir Domhnall Ó Cuanacháin proposed and it was agreed "That the Freedom of the City be conferred on Mr. Albert Reynolds and the Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH in recognition of their combined contribution to the process which led to the establishment of a lasting democratic solution in Northern Ireland equally respectful of the hopes and aspirations of both communities.  In honour of their qualities of leadership, integrity, negotiation, and common sense in so doing.  For their statesmanship, diplomacy, energy and commitment to the initiative despite the prevailing climate at the time and their unfailing and unwavering belief in the value of the process.  For all this and much more the Lord Mayor and Councillors of the County Borough of Cork consider them worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens."

Albert ReynoldsGo mbronnfar Saoirse na Cathrach ar Mr. Albert Reynolds agus the Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH mar aitheantas ar a rinneadar beirt don phróiséas as a dtáinig réiteach buan daonlathach i dTuaisceart na hÉireann, a thóg dóchas agus mianta an dá phobal san áireamh.  Mar ómós dá gceannaireacht, dá n-ionracas, dá gcumas réitigh is dá stuaim.  Dá stáireacht, dá dtaidhleoireacht, dá bhfuinneamh agus tiomantas don Tionscnamh, 'ainneoin an aitmeasféir polaitíochta ag an am, agus dá muinín daingean, seasmhach i bhfiúntas an phróiséis.  Ar a shon se uile agus móran ela lena chois measann Ardmhéara Chorcaí and Chomhairleoirí Cathrach Chorcaí gur fiú iad go gcuirfí a n-ainmeacha ar Rolla a Saoránach oinigh agus ordáionn sia amhlaidh.

 

 

 

 

Dean Denis O’ Connor and Sister Eucharia Buckley

Dean Denis O'ConnorAt a meeting of Cork City Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Corkon 9th March 2009 An tArd Mhéara Comhairleoir Brian Mac Fheorais proposed and it was approved unanimously by the Members.

"That the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Dean Denis O’ Connor and Sister Eucharia Buckley in recognition of their immense contribution to the advancement of religious values and the spiritual and religious well-being of the people of Cork. For their selfless dedication to the service of others, and in broader acknowledgement of the role played by religious orders in the development of our society. For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor and Councillors of Cork City Council consider them worthy to be enrolled in the roll of Honorary Citizens and so direct."”

Sister Eucharia Buckley"Go ndéanfar Saoirse Chathair Chorcaí a bhronnadh ar Dhéan Donnacha Ó Conchúir agus an tSiúr Eucharia Ní Bhuachalla mar aitheantas ar a gcion ollmhór ó thaobh luachanna reiligiúnacha agus folláine spioradálta agus reiligiúnach mhuintir Chorcaí a chur chun cinn. Mar gheall ar an dhúthracht neamhleithleach d’fhreastal ar dhaoine eile, agus ar bhonn níos leithne agus mar bhuíochas as an ról a d’imir na hoird rialta i bhforbairt ár sochaí. Ar a shon se uile agus móran eile lena chois measann Ardmhéara Chorcaí and Chomhairleoirí Cathrach Chorcaí gur fiú iad go gcuirfí a n-ainmeacha ar Rolla a Saoránach oinigh agus ordáionn sia amhlaidh”.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Peter Barry  

Peter Barry
At a meeting of Cork City Council held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on 26th April, 2010 The Lord Mayor, Councillor Dara Murphys proposal below was approved by the Council:

"That the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Mr. Peter Barry for his lifelong dedication to the service of the citizens of Cork and of Ireland, for his business acumen and philanthropic endeavours, for his statesmanlike representation of Ireland on the International stage and for his steadfast commitment to achieving a peaceful and equitable solution in the North of Ireland through negotiative processes".  

"Go mbronnfar Saoirse Chathair Chorcaí ar An tUas. Peadar De Barra as a dhíograis fadsaoil do sheirbhís shaoránaigh Chorcaí agus na hÉireann, as a ghrinneas gnó agus a dhianiarrachtaí daonchairdiúla, as a chuid ionadaíochta mar státaire na hÉireann ar an stáitse Idirnáisiúnta agus as a dhílseacht bhuanseasmhace i dtreo réiteach síochánta agus cothrom a bhaint amach i dTuaisceart na hÉireann trí mheán próiseas idirbheartaíochta.

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín


Sean Óg Ó hAilpín
‌At a meeting of Cork City Council on 26th April 2011 the Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael O’Connell proposed and it was approved unanimously by the council.

“That the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Seán Óg Ó hAilpín in recognition of his unwavering commitment to excellence in Gaelic Football and Hurling throughout his career at school, club, county, provincial and International level.

For his generous and genuine commitment to supporting development of hurling and football among the youth of the city and his exemplary role as an ambassador for Irish language and culture”

“Go mbronnfar Saoirse Chathair Chorcaí air, mar aitheantas ar a thiomantas buan don sármhaitheas san Iománaíocht agus sa Pheil Ghaelach ar feadh a shaoil ​​ ar scoil, dá chlub, dá chontae, dá Chúige agus ar leibhéal idirnáisiúnta.

As ucht a thiomantais fhiail agus fhíor i bhforbairt na Peile agus na hIománaíochta i measc aos óg na cathrach, agus dá ról eiseamláireach mar ambasadóir do theanga agus cultúr na Gaeilge.

Mar aitheantas ar an cion agus ard-mheas atá ag muintir Chorcaí air.

Ar son seo uile agus morán eile lena chois, measann Ardmhéara Chorcaí  agus Comhairleoirí Chathrach Chorcaí gur fiú é go cuirfí a h-ainm ar rolla a saoranach oinigh agus órdaíonn said amhlaidh.”

 

FRANK DUGGAN, MICHAEL TWOMEY & BILLA O'CONNELL

Frank Duggan Michael Twomey Billa O'Connell

At a meeting of Cork City Council on 27th May 2013 the Lord Mayor, Councillor John Buttimer proposed and it was approved unanimously by the Council.

 “That the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Frank Duggan, Michael Twomey & Billa O’Connell in recognition of their unwavering lifetime contribution to professional and amateur theatre, arts, drama and song in Cork City; for their generosity in mentoring and supporting the development of emerging talent in Cork; for being exemplary national and international ambassadors for Cork through comedy; for their generous contribution to charitable causes throughout the city;   As a token of the high esteem and affection in which they are held by the people of Cork, For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor and Councillors of the City of Cork consider them worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens.”

‌‌‌‌MICHAEL D. HIGGINS

Michael D. Higgins

Michael D. Higgins was elected President of Ireland on 11th May 2011, also served as a Member of Dáil Éireann for 25 years and a Member of the Seanad for 9 years.  A pssionate political voice, poet, writer, academic, statesman.

In his dedicated life to public service;

  • Instrumental in bringing forward private members bill, to abolish the status of illegitimacy for the first time, putting the right of the child above property in the state.
  • Raising and dealing with issues that were neither favourable nor fashionable, such as the Bill for Decriminalisation of Homosexuality.
  • Repeal of Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act.
  • Ireland first Minister of the Arts & Gaeltacht setting up TG4.  His reinvigoration of the Irish Film Industry.  Locally his part played in supporting the setting uyp of the Triskel Arts and the Quay Co-Op.
  • As Minister with his keen interest in environment and heritage he drove the reclaiming and opening up of 1,000 km of Ireland's canal network.
  • As Minister he had a direct responsibility for the Irish Language and for the economic and social development of Irish speaking areas in the state.
  • His solidarity in supporting immigrants, particularly Irish immigratants in Great Britain.
  • Propomotion of Education, first Member of his family to access higher education all his life he has been passionate about access to education and worked extensively in the promotion of, and putting in place evening classes for interested citizens.
  • Ability to articulate and raise international human rights issues such as Somalia, Chile, Palestine.
  • His empathy with people, and in recent weeks visiting Cork to meet and listen to business and shop owners and shop owners, following the recent floods.
  • His flow of language, being able to converse in subjects from human rights, arts, and in particular his passion for sports and his own interest being soccer.

 

NIALL TÓIBÍN

Niall Tóibín

At a meeting of Cork City Council, held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Monday 9th February 2015, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mary Shields proposed and it was approved by the Council, that the Freedom of the City of Cork be conferred on Mr. Niall Tóibín, in recognition of his unwavering lifetime contribution to film, stage and television at local, national and international levels and as one of the finest actors of our time and for being an exemplary national and international ambassador for Cork.

In 1953 he quit his job in the civil service and joined the Radio Éireann Players repertory company and later held tenure at the Abbey Theatre.  He went on to enjoy a highly successful career in film and television, including appearing in films such as Ryan's Daughter, Eat the Peach, Far and Away and Veronica Guerin.  He also appeared in TV series such as Bracken, The Irish RM and Ballykissangel, as well as in the mini-series Caught in a Free State, about German spies in Ireland during the second World War.  He also won a Tony Award for his acclaimed performance in Brendan Bohan's 'Borstal Boy'.


ADI ROCHE

Adi Roche

Freedom of the City of Cork was conferred on Ms. Adi Roche in City Hall on the 27th May 2016 in recognition of her founding of the Chernobyl Children International Charity which provides aid to the children of Belaurs, Russia and Ukraine affected by the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster.  Her dedication and endless commitment as a campaigner for peace, humanitarian aid and education in the wake of the Nuclear Disaster and the role of the many thousands of volunteers and supporters in Ireland who have contributed to the work of the Charity over the past 25 years is hereby acknowledged.  For all this and much more, the Lord Mayor and Councillors of the City of Cork consider her worthy to be enrolled in the Roll of its Honorary Citizens.

 

 

 RONAN O'GARA

 

 Ronan O'Gara

 
Freedom of the City of Cork was conferred on Mr. Ronan O'Gara in the City Hall on the 11th May 2017 for his contribution to rugby on the local, national and international stage including becoming the record points scorer in the Heineken Cup and in the Six Nations Championship, as well as for Munster and for Ireland; for his leadership, resilience, skill and courage on the field of play; in acknowlegement of the immeasurable pride and pleasure he has brought to his fellow people of Cork, Munster and Ireland; in recognition of his legacy to Irish sport; and in civic recognition of the high esteen and affection in which he is held by the people of Cork.