This reminded me of the remnannts of an old and very small cottage that I spotted when travelling the roads around Ballymacelligott, a few years ago. I saw a fingerpost sign for the Captain Monteith 1916 Memorial and went searching.
The plaque also notes that Fr. O’Flaherty ‘smuggled’ Robert Monteith from Woodville (as learned from Irish Independent article ) to Limerick, from where he sailed to America, where he is buried. All of this was filed away mentally in the expectation of doing a blog someday.
Subsequently, I read that Fr. O’Flaherty was buried in the churchyard at Castlegregory on the Dingle peninsula where we would regularly visit on holidays. Last year, I photographed the headstone to Fr. Tadhg O’Flaherty and Fr. Morgan O’Flaherty who were born in Fahamore on The Maherees outside Castlegregory.
The witness statement of the widow of Austin Stack, herself a member of Cumann na mBan, confirms that Monteith did spend time with Sean Tadg Og Lenihan at Glounteenty and food was delivered daily. She states that Monteith was dressed as a priest and was driven to Limerick by Fr. O’Flaherty, where he stayed for some months before getting to America. The Castlegregory website records that Monteith was dressed as a nun. This is a transcription of the submission to the Schools Collection of the Irish Folklore Commission which is available on Dúchas.ie, which is where I first learned of Fr. Morgan O’Flaherty.
Further research will be required when these Lock-In days end.