Terence MacSwiney Laid to Rest

The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
British Pathé
Produced by:
British Pathé


5 min 18 sec
Silent with English Intertitles

This newsreel shows the final journey for Terence Mac Swiney, who died in Brixton, England on October 25th 1920.

His body arrives in Cork at Customs House Quay on October 31st (it was diverted from Dublin to avoid demonstrations). The coffin of Terence McSwiney arrives on the tugboat Mary Tavy into Cork‘s Custom House Quay. A procession of mourners fill Patrick Street as hordes of people turn up to show their respects.

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.