Author Archives: Waterford Civil War Veterans

About Waterford Civil War Veterans

Hi, my name is James Doherty and I pay my bills by working in marketing. My hobby is history in particular the history of my hometown Waterford.

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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Patrick Clooney in the Italian civil war

In the mid-nineteenth century a unification movement swept across Italy one of its aims was the annexation of the Papal States.  One of the1400 Irish  men that answered the Vatican’s call to arms was Patrick Clooney from Waterford. In early … Continue reading

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Thomas Francis Meagher speech from the dock

After the failed uprising of 1848 Thomas Francis Meagher was tried for sedition and sentenced to be hung, drawn and quatered. At his trial Meagher delivered the now famous speech from the dock “My lords, it is my intention to … Continue reading

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Capt Patrick Clooney memorial

On January 21st 1863 a monument was erected to the memory of Capt Patrick Clooney of the Irish Brigade. The dedication reads This memorial to the memory of Capt Patrick Clooney of Waterford was erected by his friends and fellow … Continue reading

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Thomas Francis Meagher Last Letter in Ireland

On the 9th of July whilst awaiting deportation Thomas Francis Meagher penned a letter to his friend John Leonard. “ As I told you in one of my previous letters, the recollection of the days I spent in Paris, In … Continue reading

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