Saturday 25 January 2020

Famous Cork people

Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
Valerie Mulcahy
Jack Lynch
Rory Gallagher
Nano Nagle

Pat Fitzpatrick

As Niamh Horan talks to the Cork couple Ronan and Jessica O'Gara, our man looks at some other famous individuals from Leeside


Some say he was an unusual choice to play the lead in the hit BBC series, Peaky Blinders. We say it is set in Birmingham, the second city of a country in western Europe in which its citizens have an accent that sounds like someone singing a song underwater. Does that remind you of anywhere (like)? Peaky Blinders is the story of a family of gangsters in 1920s Birmingham. Or else it's about a group of chartered accountants on a dark, smoky planet. Honestly, without subtitles, it's very hard to tell.


She's the recently retired Gaelic footballer who won 10 All-Ireland titles with the Rebelettes. That's the diminutive name given to the Cork ladies' football team by people stuck in the 1970s. (Ah sure, they're little treasures). We have only two things to say to upstarts who want to call it women's rather than ladies' football. Where do you think this is, bloody Denmark? And get back in the kitchen there now, and make the lads a round of sandwiches.


Jack was one of two famous Cork men who stood up to the IRA. That's a risky move, particularly when they are shooting at you in Beal na mBlath. Jack won five All-Ireland hurling titles with Cork. That's five more than they will ever win again, says everyone on Leeside. The despair do be massive. Jack had a tunnel named after him in Cork, near the posh suburb of Tivoli. The locals refused to protest, as they felt it would be beneath them. (Sorry).


A rock god, commemorated at Rory Gallagher Place in Cork. Or, as it would have been called 30 years ago, Who Does Dat Langer Tink He Is Street. (In fairness, we've come a long way on the begrudgery front. Not to mention pronunciation). Rory started out in a showband. Or, as it was known in 1960s Ireland, rock and roll without the sex. At which point, Mammy pipes up with, "But sure, we were all mad for the sex back then," and you say, "Shut up, shut up, I'm going to be sick".


Lucky Nano never met the guy from Mork and Mindy. We're not sure how she'd have reacted to "Nanu nanu, Nano". (Maybe with, "Shazbot!", you never know with these things). Founder of the Presentation Sisters nuns in 1775, Nano is seen as one of the pioneers of Catholic education in Ireland. You know, the one where you go in as a happy-go-lucky child, and emerge 14 years later, convinced that you are to blame for everything.

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