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Emmet O'Halloran Rebel Week passport
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Fury in Cork as brochure calls Michael Collins a 'langer'

The brochure with the reference to the Irish revolutionary leader has since been withdrawn from circulation.

PEOPLE IN CORK are furious after promotional material for a commemorative festival has described the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins a “langer”.

The Rebel Week mock-up passport for Michael Collins uses an image of the leader and in the section that describes Collins’ gender it states “langer”.


The former mayor of Cork, Emmet O’Halloran expressed his fury at the “langer” reference saying he is “incensed” by the brochure that was published to promote Cork Rebel Week.

The material was delivered to every household in Cork City, but has since been withdrawn.

The term langer in Cork is commonly associated with someone who is a bit of a “half wit or an unlikeable person”, said Halloran adding the reference had nothing constructive to offer.


Speaking with Sean O’Rourke on RTE radio this morning, Fine Gael Councillor Joe O’Callaghan said that this was not a publicity stunt and said “we still revere Michael Collins as we always do”. have taken responsibility for the error and in a statement the CEO Padraic O’Kane said:

We want to take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly for any disrespect caused to the memory of General Michael Collins and his family due to this error. Absolutely none was intended.

Our focus and the focus of all the stakeholders and communities who have been working on Cork Rebel Week is to celebrate Cork’s rich and unique heritage and strong identity.  A major part of the festivities is a commemoration of General Michael Collins’ legacy, with a celebration of his birthday on October 16 – Cork Independence Day.

Read: Defence Forces unveils memorial to Michael Collins>

Read: Michael Collins’ heartbreak and naivety explored in new documentary>

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