Thomas MacCurtain's killing in March 1920 by the Black and Tans caused widespread outrage. The only newsreel to cover the event is Pathé, in this item which is catalogued as 'Funeral of Lord Mayor of Cork' on the British Universities' Newsreel Database. There is only one intertitle at the beginning of the item, stating ‘Irish Mayor Shot. Alderman Thomas MacCurtain, Lord Mayor of Cork, buried with full Sinn Féin honours.’ There are various shots of the funeral cortege processing slowly through crowded streets. There is no further explanation of the cause of the shooting or its perpetrators – such controversial fare had no place in newsreel coverage. Equally, the newsreels carried an inherent sense of ‘orderly’ Britishness – to evoke the unruly and anarchic nature of the Black & Tans would have been unheard of by newsreel companies who avoided provocative material at all times. On one occasion only was this deemed acceptable – when the newsreels reported government condemnation of the actions of the Black & Tans.