- Feb 3, 2017
Yes Sir. When the 1916 lads went out he was near 60, probably saying "damn kids" to himself!
Interesting article in the Irish Times (for once).
It poses the question. Should these working-class Dublin patriots be reinterred in Glasnevin? I say they should, under an appropriate monument that memorializes their sacrifice..
Art challenged his English rival to a duel, but the Englishman was too cowardly to accept. Art was declared an outlaw and hunted down and killed by the English army.Today is the anniversary of the murder of Arthur O Leary/Art Ui Laoghaire.
He was an officer in the Austrian Army who came home and married Eibhlin Dubh, Daniel O'Connell's aunt.
Art was shot dead in North West Cork on May 4 1773.
I will leave it to anyone interested to look up further details on the events which led to the killing. The lament, I won't say written, but rather chanted by his wife Eibhlin Dubh Ni Chonaill is perhaps the greatest poem in our Gaelic canon.
There have been efforts to translate it, to English, even to Spanish, but I think none capture the wild fury and passion and rage of Eibhlin's original.
Art is buried near Ovens Co Cork. I visited his tomb a couple of years back, and left a wreath.
Maybe an Irish or foreign film producer could tackle this dramatic and tragic story.
Here's how the Caoineadh begins, Eibhlin is remembering the first day she saw him near the Market House of Macroom. She immediately decided to elope with him.
Mo ghrá go daingean thu!
Lá dá bhfaca thu
ag ceann tí an mhargaidh,
thug mo shúil aire dhuit,
thug mo chroí taitnearnh duit,
d’éalaíos óm charaid leat
i bhfad ó bhaile leat.
Sir, I always find your historical posts very engaging. I don't know what your profession is but it is a shame it is not teaching. Your students would have a very high pass rate.In July 1644 the Battle of Finea bridge was fought.
Confederate General Lord Castlehaven received word that a 17,000 strong British (English & Scotch) army under General Monroe was approaching from Cavan intent on marching into Leinster via the bridge over the Inny River at Finea. A force of 600 infantry and 100 horse under Colonel John Butler and Brian Roe O’Neill was sent to arrest their advance at the bridge.
A day after the Irish reached the bridge, Monroe arrived and immediately launched an attack. A ferocious fight ensued with wave after wave of British soldiers attacking the defensive line. The fighting continued right throughout the day until nearly all the defenders were wounded or dead. Its at this point a figure of some legend called Myles "The Slasher" O'Reilly emerges. Its said that he repeatedly rallied the troops when it looked like all was lost and his name has gone down in local folklore. As the evening approached Monroe, having suffered horrendous casualties himself, called off the attack and retreated back into Ulster just as Irish reinforcements began to arrive from Granard.
As for O'Reilly, some accounts say he was slain near the close of battle as he grappled with a huge Scotsman who had jammed his Claymore into O'Reilly's cheek. With his last ounce of strength the "Slasher" drew down on his assailant and split his head from tip to chin with both men falling dead. Others say that he survived the day and went on to have a family. In 1864 a lady called Anna Maria O’Reilly installed a large plaque in the tower hall of Ross Castle to commemorate her ancestor who was said to have spent the night there before the battle and possibly the night after as well. What is certain is that O'Reilly's renown lived long in local memory so much so that 269 years later a memorial was erected to him in the village of Finea in 1913.
Inscription on memorial
In memory of Myles O'Reilly
Who fell on the 5th August 1646*
While defending the bridge of Finea
Against the English-Scottish forces under
"He fought till the red lines before him
heaped high as the battlement lay
He fell but the foot of a foeman
pressed not on the bridge of Finea"
* date on inscription is incorrect