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Marble and Stone Memorials - Mulcahy Memorial, St. Mary's Parish Church


This Celtic cross of limestone was carved by Sheedy of Midleton and contains a marble panel inscribed as follows:

In loving Memory of

Patrick Mulcahy died 18-12-1931

Town Clerk Dungarvan 1905-1922

When he was dismissed his post

By the Free State Government

For refusing to take an oath to a British King

His beloved wife Mary Agnes died 23-5-1930

His son Patrick died 6-5-1940

According to the 1911 census the Mulcahy family was living at Abbeyview, Dungarvan in a house owned by John T Hudson.  Patrick (1867-1931) was aged 45 and his profession was given as ‘Accountant and Town Clerk’.  His wife Mary Agnes (1879-1930) was aged 32.  It noted that had been married ten years. Eight children are listed.

The memorial is unusual with its very direct political inscription.  At their meeting of 9 December 1921 Dungarvan UDC welcomed home M. Brennock, T. Fahey and P. Mulcahy after their release from internment in Ballykinlar camp on that day.

Patrick’s obituary noted that he had been ‘in feeble health for some time’ and that he was aged 68.  ‘he resigned some time ago as a protest against doing the juror’s books.  He was a strong follower of the Republican party’.  In August 1933 at a meeting of Dungarvan UDC Mr McCarthy proposed that the council borrow £672 to pay Mulcahys’s family a pension which he did not receive having resigned his post in 1922.  It was seconded by Mr Power and passed unanimously.  This was subject to approval by the Minister for Local Government & Public Health.  We don’t know if the minister approved the request.

Patrick Mulcahy

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