I have photographed over 70 Civil War and War of Independence plaques and monuments in Co. Cork alone so far. I definitely need to allocate some time to uploading them soon before the number increases beyond achievable levels
This monument is outside Mallow – in Glantane.
It was another monument. It had names of people who I did not know of previously.
Then today, I was reading in the Holly Bough, an article by Patrick O’Sullivan about Dan Kiely, Michael’s father. Dan married Annie late in life and Michael was their only son who died aged eighteen when Crown Forces raided a farmhouse in which he was taking refuge in the townland of Inchemay.
He is no longer just a name written in stone.
“At Michael’s funeral, your mother and I stood in the crowd behind Annie and Dan Kiely as they hunched over the bitter grave, racked by stifling grief. When the prayers were said and the flowers placed over the brown earth, Dan raised his head, just as he did today and said gently ‘Thank you all for honouring Michael on this sad day. He was a grand lad, our Michael. Maybe he wanted to die a Fenian hero.’