Rathmore enshrines hero Patrick's memory in bronze

Stephen Fernane

A plaque dedicated to Captain Patrick O'Connor was unveiled at Rathmore train station on Monday evening when a large crowd gathered to pay their respects to the fallen 1916 hero. The event was a symbolic one given it was from here that Patrick left 100 years ago to join the Rising leaving behind his native Rathmore for the last time.

Monday's unveiling was a special event on many levels, especially as Patrick's nephew, Dan Joe O'Connor - now 98 years old - and grandniece Ann Moynihan were in attendance.

"We wanted to have this occasion while Dan Joe was still with us. It was a lovely event with a nice family feel to it. This is now the final piece in the jigsaw honouring Patrick's memory," said Anne Moynihan.

Patrick joined the Irish Volunteers and Irish Republican Brotherhood on the eve of 1916 when he was eventually killed in Moore Street during the height of the rebellion. The bronze plaque features the O'Connor coat of arms designed by Conor Murphy and kindly commissioned by Iarnród Éireann.

Anne said her late mother, Kitty, a niece of Patrick's, had a huge interest in his life and always spoke openly of Patrick's sacrifice.

Sadly, Kitty didn't live to see the 1916 centenary commemorations for Patrick, and for this reason Ann felt she had to carry out her mom's wishes.

"Mom always said something should be done at Rathmore rail station given it's where Patrick left for Dublin and I have been working on this for over a year. I would also just like to thank Iarnród Éireann.

"I think after Monday's event we have now well and truly honoured Patrick in his home town," Anne added.


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