Churchill Republican Monument, near Fenit.

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Over the years I have read a lot and watched many television documentaries and movies about Churchill. I am greatly surprised to find the name associated with a republican monument in County Kerry. It was never mentioned in any of the media I have read or watched! What can you tell us about this monument?

Photographer: Irish Tourism Association Photographer

Collection: Irish Tourism Association Photographic Collection

Date: 1943

NLI Ref: NPA ITA 903 (Box V)

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Oct/2022 07:03:20

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Good morning.

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    Oretani Wildlife (Mike Grimes)

    • 05/Oct/2022 07:33:31

    It would appear to be a place east of Fenit in Kerry called Churchhill. Nothing to do with Winston. The cross still exists in the village. maps.app.goo.gl/kUvXD1ourFBXh97J9

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Oct/2022 07:42:53

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeegee Thanks Mike, It has come down in its stature since 1943!

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    O Mac

    • 05/Oct/2022 08:47:54

    It's now baseless.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Oct/2022 10:50:47

    I haven't found anything about it online - nothing at the NIAH or DIA, I don't even see a close-up photo where the inscription can be read.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Oct/2022 13:24:12

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] :-) https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley I agree Niall, you can usually find a transcript somewhere. Mary

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    Bernard Healy

    • 05/Oct/2022 14:42:35

    Here's a picture of the inscription: flic.kr/p/2nQYuxa I had a look in the local newspapers & discovered that the cross ("nine and a half feet high, with a ten foot cement base") was unveiled ("opposite the graveyard") on Sunday March 5th 1933. It commemorates the 14 men of the 9th (Tralee) Battalion of the IRA who died in the War of Independence and the Civil War. The account of the unveiling mentions that there was a large contingent of "volunteers and Fianna Eireann", to say nothing of a contingent of Gardaí and Special Branch who kept an eye on proceedings. A speech was gievn by Mr Sean McCarthy of the committee who erected the cross, and the unveiling itself was carried out by Maurice Tuomey, Chief of Staff, IRA. The Kerryman newspaper lists the English-language names of those commemorated as: Thomas Hawley, John Sullivan, Thomas Flynn, William Myles, Michael Flynn, Robert McElligott, James O'Connor, Michael Sinnott, William Harrington, James Walsh, Jackie Fleming, Bob McCarthy, John Conway & T Drummond.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Oct/2022 14:51:17

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy Great find Bernard. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy/52406398751/

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    Bernard Healy

    • 05/Oct/2022 14:52:49

    And this is what it looks like now: Republican Monument, Churchill, Co.Kerry I'm pretty sure it has been moved - but not very far, since the newspaper account of its unveiling places it near the graveyard at Churchill. I think the sea is visible in the background of the black and white photo, and that would probably put the cross somewhere to the north of the cemetery, with Tralee Bay being visible in the background. It is now located at the road junction just to the East of the cemetery, in a little plot adjacent to the Catholic presbytery which was built in - I think - the 1970s. I can't match the background of the NLI photo with what that area would have looked like even before the building of the presbytery. I haven't been able to find any information on when or why it might have been moved. The current plinth bears an inscrption that seems to name a firm called C Harrison(?) of Dublin.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 05/Oct/2022 14:56:53

    It occurs to me that this firm: harrisonburnell.com/about-us/ may explain the inscription since they were founded by a Charles Harrison. Republican Monument, Churchill, Co.Kerry

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    Bernard Healy

    • 05/Oct/2022 15:02:06

    Now that I look more closely, it's obviously CW Harrison & Co. sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/organization.php?id=msib3_120653... Charles W. Harrison and Sons Other names: Chas. William Harrison Foundation date: 1860 (Circa) Dissolution date: 1972 Active: 1860 - 1972 Function: Art workers in stone, marble and wood (self-styled), marble chimney piece manufacturers, stone carvers, marble works, tombstone manufacturers, marble merchants, sculptors, pulpits, church decorators

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 05/Oct/2022 15:05:28

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy Tags updated, thank you.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 05/Oct/2022 20:32:14

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/bernardhealy deserves the first Virtual Sticky Bun Prize in the 'Detour of Ireland' challenge. (see my comment on yesterday's photo) Great work, Sir!

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    Bernard Healy

    • 06/Oct/2022 09:59:03

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Thank you! Sticky buns - virtual or otherwise - are always welcome. One slight correction to what I wrote above - the sea visible in the photo above probably isn't Tralee Bay, but rather Barrow Harbour.

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    Bernard Healy

    • 05/Dec/2022 09:44:39

    I spoke to a local man over the weekend & he tells me that the monument was moved across the road & placed on a lower plinth quite some time ago because it obscured visibility at the crossroads.