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Memorial to 1798 leader Miles Byrne is unveiled

2012 MARKED 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH IN FRANCE 1 2 3

FINTAN LAMBE

Published 08/01/2013 | 11:02

THE DYING hours of 2012 saw the Comoradh '98 Committee in Gorey reunite to mark the 150th anniversary of the passing of 1798 hero Miles Byrne.

The committee unveiled a specially commissioned stone at The 1798 Monument in Gorey, to remember Miles Byrne, who died in 1862.

The stone is slab of granite weighing a tonne and a half, which originates from West Wicklow, and it was donated by Cllr. Lorcan Allen, a member of the committee.

Cllr. Allen acted as MC for the unveiling which was attended by Comoradh members and friends from Gorey and Monaseed, which was Byrne's birthplace. The stone was unveiled by committee member and amateur historian Tom O'Keeffe who gave the oration, and a lament and the National Anthem were played by piper Tom Doyle.

Miles Byrne was just 18 years old when he took part in the 1798 Rebellion. He later went to France, where he spent 30 years in the French army before his death in 1862.

'It seemed an appropriate time to put something up in his memory,' said Tom. ' The stone is low lying and doesn't take from the cross that's already there. That was a major consideration in the design.'

'We're very happy with it,' he added. ' There were a few complications getting it ready but we got in by the skin of our teeth and unveiled it during 2012, which was very important. All's well that ends well.'

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