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Dungarvan Observer 1 April 1961

Unveiling of Plaque to Irish Scholar at Bonmahon

‘A plaque will be unveiled at Seafield, Bonmahon at 3p.m. on Monday next, April 3rd, to mark the place where the first college for the teaching of the Irish language was founded in 1830 by Philip Barron.  An appropriate plaque was presented by An Bord Failte to the County Waterford National Monuments Advisory Committee…The unveiling ceremony will be performed by the President of the Gaelic League and the attendance will include a number of the delegates to the Gaelic League Congress which will be held in Waterford city over the Easter weekend. Philip Barron has been described as the first Gaelic Leaguer and born in 1802.

The Irish college which he founded is said to have been wantonly destroyed by a local family who harbored a sense of grievance against the Barron family.  As a result of his political activities Philip Barron had to leave Ireland and live in France.  He died in 1860’.  
Aine Ui Fhoghlu gave a comprehensive presentation to the Museum Society on Philip Barron.  The plaque is no longer in place and it is now time that a new plaque be erected in the vicinity to celebrate his achievement.

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