Below, a selection of monuments in East Cork.
United Irishmen, Fenians and the IRA
While we failed to find the grave of The Fenian Thomas ‘Bowler’ Cullinane in the Hill Cemetary, Ballymacoda, below are the Ballymacoda, Ladysbridge and Castlemartyr monuments, to the United Irishmen hanged in Cork, the Manchester Martyrs and IRA Volunteer Willie Heffernan of Conna respectively.
United Irishmen Monument in Ballymacoda
The inscription on the plaque reads; ” On 13th June 1798 Thomas O’Neill Leader of The United Irishmen of Ballymacoda was hanged in Cork for the killing of a Government spy Patrick Murphy. For the same offence Patrick Shanahan and Robert Walsh were also Hanged in Cork on the 6th October 1798″
Manchester Martyrs Monument in Ladysbridge
The Manchester Martyrs monument to William Allen, Michael O’Brien and Michael Larkin who were Hanged in Salford Gaol on the 23rd November 1867 for their part in the famous ‘smashing of the van’ where a rescue of Fenian prisoners Thomas Kelly and Timothy Deasy was carried out.
When sentenced was handed down in the court they shouted “God save Ireland”
Below the inscription on the monument to Allen, Larkin and O’Brien, reads; “Thógad an leacht so igcuimhne ar Mhícháel Ó Briain ó dhroichead na Sguab agus ar a beirt Chomrádaí Liam Ó h-Allmhain agus Mícháel Ó Lorcáin Triúr fear cródha a chuireadh cun Báis ar son na h-Éireann ar an 23 adh lá de mhí na samhna
a dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha A Dia saor Éire”
Monument in Castlemartyr
Below the monument to Willie Heffernan. I.R.A
It reads; “In lasting memory of VOL. Willie Heffernan of Conna 4th BATT. B Coy 1st Brigade I.R.A who was shot in action at Castrlemartyr 27-11-1920 and who is interred at Knockmourne Conna Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam”