Calls to clean up Fr Mathew Statue

Independent Cllr Kieran McCarthy has called on Cork City Council to clean the limestone pedestal of the Fr Mathew Statue on St Patrick’s Street. This week the date Friday 10 October 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the unveiling of the Fr Mathew Statue on St Patrick’s Street. Enshrined in Cork City’s collective memory as the ‘Apostle of Temperance’, by the end of 1840, it is recorded that 180,000 to 200,000 nationwide had taken Fr Mathew’s pledge. In the late 1840s, Fr Mathew went to America to rally support for his teetotaller cause and the teetotalism cause in Ireland and England started to suffer by his absence. He died in December 1856 and was buried in St Joseph’s cemetery, Cork, his own cemetery that he created for the poor. Cllr McCarthy noted “Fr Mathew has left a legacy in this city that has been maintained and respected since his death. Of all his commemorative features in the city, the Fr Mathew Statue, erected in 1864, on the city’s main street very much honours the man. We shouldn’t turn our back on this past and especially on one of very few public statues this city has”.