This monument, which features elements of Iron Age and Early Christian Art, was officially unveiled on 30 May 2017. It is located near the former Royal Irish Constabulary barracks at Barrack Street, Clarinbridge. Owned by Anne Redington of Kilcornan House, it was attacked during the 1916 Rising by the Clarinbridge and Killeeneen Volunteers, who were led by Liam Mellows.
This incident occurred early on Easter Tuesday, 25 April 1916. Armed with shotguns, the rebels fired at the barracks from a range of c.50 metres. This caused damage to panes of glass, which later cost £4 15s to repair.
During the course of the firing, the policemen sought refuge upstairs. Although the rebels failed to take the barracks, Constables David Manning and Jeremiah J. Donovan were captured en route from Kilcolgan to Clarinbridge.
Later that day, Mellows’ forces linked up with the Oranmore and Maree Volunteers to partake in a renewed attack on the Royal Irish Constabulary
barracks in Oranmore village.
Developed by: Galway County Council, in partnership with the Heritage Research Group at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).
Bibliography: McCarthy, Mark, Mannion, Marie & Wrynn, Shirley (Eds), Galway County 1916 Rising Heritage Trail: Go Explore the Historic Sites & Memorials (Galway County Council & GMIT, Galway, 2017).
GPS coordinates: Dr Mark McCarthy, GMIT.
Webmaster for digital heritage initiative: Hilary Kiely, GMIT.