Manchester Martyrs - by Bob Bateman

On 23rd November 1867, Cork Fenians William Allen (Bandon) and Michael O’ Brien (Ballymacoda), together with Michael Larkin, were the subject of the last public hanging ever carried out in Manchester, England. These three men were known as the Manchester Martyrs and were executed for their part in the Fenian Rising of 1867 and in particular an event that occurred in Manchester in September 1867, known as the ‘Smashing of the Van’. The 'Smashing of the Van' involved the rescuing of some prominent Fenians, including none other than Captain Timothy Deasy.

FREE MARKET National Exhibition Tour - Macroom

Free Market, the Irish National Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, won widespread acclaim for its exploration of the unique identity of Irish rural towns when it showed in Venice in 2018. It is now preparing to bring this ambitious exhibition back to four towns as part of its National Tour including Macroom from Sunday 21st to Tuesday 23rd July 2019 in the Market Square and Town Hall. As part of the exhibition the vital role that market places play in the life of rural communities will be celebrated and explored.