Monthly Archives: January 2011

Thomas Francis Meagher memories of Waterford

After an absence from Ireland Thomas Francis Meagher wrote his impressions on returning to his home city. One I read during the week was an account of the City and County Club ( site of the present Tower hotel). In this piece … Continue reading

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Letter from the Papal war

While based in Spoleto Patrick Clooney  wrote to Dr.Tobias Kirby ( a fellow Waterford man) rector of the Irish College in Rome seeking to acquire a medal blessed by the holy father himself. Thanks to Robert Doyle for finding this in the … Continue reading

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Officers of the Irish Brigade

Thanks to Damien Shiels for helping identifying the men in this photo “It was taken sometime between May and August in 1862 at Harrison’s Landing, Virginia by Alexander Gardner. Three of the men are religious standing at back left is Father Patrick … Continue reading

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Irish Brigade Association visit to Waterford

In March 1992 a group of forty American civil war enthusiasts visted Waterford. Whilst staying in the Granville hotel they payed a visit to the Patrick Clooney memorial. The group included a civil war brass band, eight confederate re-enactors and four federal, the group fired … Continue reading

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Capt Clooney background

Patrick Filan Clooney was born in ballybricken on 5th of May 1840 to John Clooney and Catherine Phelan. Ballybricken was a relatively poor area of Waterford city. It lies just outside the city wall and was a busy market area. The old city Gaol … Continue reading

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Thomas Francis Meagher @ the Waterford Meuseum

In preparation for the 1848 tricolour celebration I recently visited the Waterford museum of treasures. Donnacha at the museum was a great help and the team there are excited about our event in March.   Pictured above is Thomas Francis Meagher ornate club … Continue reading

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Clooney memorial

The above image which lists the battles of the Papal wars shows the sad condition of the memorial. There are cracks running through the stone and the inscription is nearly illegible. The main dedication is in even worse condition. Hopefully with … Continue reading

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