Today I was reading the Concrete Stew blogpost about Milltown Malbay – particularly about its shopfronts and streetscape.
It reminded me of an unusual ‘plaque’ that I spotted on two buildings at the top of the town (church end) – each has an ‘S’ in a circle on the façade of the building – one on Main St., the other on Ballard Road.
I do not know the meaning, significance or history of these.
It could well prompt a return journey to ask of some publicans…..
They were killed on 23rd November, 1867 so there has been many On This Day type references in the past few days including ExecutedToday, Stair na hÉireann, Ireland In History and StuartBorthwick.
Jean Prendergast’s tweets regularly include clips form newspapers 100 years ago. The Manchester Martyrs featured often recently with marches, parades, prayers among other anniversary actions. ComeHereToMe’s blog yesterday mentioned a final march to Glasnevin cemetery, without the bodies.
Maybe the book will educate but it appears, just like Pearse’s words at Rossa’s grave, that the Fenian dead Manchester Martyrs were a rallying call, a cause behind which Republican groups united in a common cause – such unity proving beneficial for later activities.
Today’s update from Stair na hEireann, told of a skirmish at Ballineen and Enniskeane in West Cork.
“1922 – Skirmish between National Army and Republican troops who attack military posts in two villages, Enniskean and Ballineen in West Cork. Five Free State soldiers are injured, two fatally. Republican losses are at least two dead; a section commander Tadhg O’Leary and a volunteer, both IRA West Cork Brigade”
The plaque on the building in Enniskeane confirms one of the dead as John Howell who was some distance from home.
The plaque to Timothy O’Leary’s is in the adjoining village of Ballineen.
I definitely need to allocate time to upload all of the photographs of the Civil War/ War of Independence memorials.
This morning’s update from Stair na hÉireann advised that Eamonn Kent was born on this day in 1881.
I thought I’d share this photograph of the plaque on the house in North Co. Galway.
‘Be Prepared’ is a motto – unfortunately I was not.
Last Friday, making my way back towards the train home, I was walking along Nassau Street. A bell in my head went off.
Sometime recently, someone had mentioned something about Nassau Street that had been filed away under ‘unusual and worth checking out when next there’. But could I remember the sometime, the something or even the someone – could I hell.
A while back, I commented on Grandad’s site that there were only three such occasions that I could remember – Ayrton Senna’s death; Princess Diana’s death; and, Twin Towers on 9/11.
I remember thinking, shortly after writing that, at the time of Nelson Mandela’s death that the list would extend to four – but that has not proven to be the case.
I was reminded of this earlier this week, two days before 9/11, when we had our final Conversational Irish Walk. The venue was St Finbarr’s Cemetery, prompted by a tweet from Irish Garrison Towns, advising of an online map. The venue definitely provided very many topics of conversation and some new vocabulary.
As we turned the gate for home, we spotted this lovely triptych memorial – smooth or one face and rough elsewhere; bullaun type depression on top to trap water. The curve was definitely tactile.
I did recall that Ruth Clifford McCourt was originally from Cork but had not realised that she and her daughter were buried in Cork.
Something else to add to that memory of talking with MOS outside a school prior to a construction site meeting fourteen years ago.
Seemingly it is one twelfth of a Ploughland – should that be of assistance.
There I was, back in June, minding my own business when the latest update came through from the West Cork History blog. The title was about Gneeve, a new word to me.
Reading the blog, it appeared to be a form of classification of land based upon what the land could bear in terms of output.
This got me thinking of Gneeveguilla and prompted my first visit to Gníomh go Leith (Gneeve and a half).
When on holidays, I was reading The Tailor – translation of recordings with Tim Buckley of Tailor & Antsy fame and on the first page he mentions ‘Gneeve’.
I might as well share the knowledge.
On Monday, I attended the performance of Rossa at Skibbereen Town Hall, in the very pleasant company of the scribes from Roaringwater Journal.
I was only taught history in school upto the (then) Inter Cert. The play however, brought home how much we were NOT taught as to Irish history and in particular Irish Republican history.
The production, a collaboration of a number of amateur drama groups, was very enjoyable, used mixed media well, but more than anything else for this viewer, it was so educational.
I would have had a sense of connecting O’Donovan Rossa to America; I would have thought that the Bobby Sands hunger strike was the first campaign for political status; I did not know that Pearse’s oration was at his grave. I do now but also have so much more to learn.
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