SARSFIELD STATUE

From Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)

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THE SARSFIELD STATUE.—Few names in Irish history are more fondly cherished by "the sea-divided Gael" than that of Gen. Patrick Sarsfield, the commander of the Irish forces at the siege of Limerick. He was not a great diplomat or commander, like Hugh O'Neill, nor can he be said to have evinced genius of a high order in any respect, but he was the impersonation of honor, chivalry, courage and patriotism, in a word an epitome of the best qualities of the Irish race. His mother was a sister of the celebrated Roger, or Rory O'Moore, of 1641 fame; while on his paternal side, as his name implies, he was of Anglo-Norman blood. His heroic defense of Limerick; his dashing exploit in destroying King William's artillery train; his subsequent career in France, where with his troop he laid the foundation of the famous Irish Brigades, and his death of wounds received at the battle of Landen are familiar to all readers of Irish history. The magnificent monument here shown was erected in 1881, largely through the instrumentality of the late patriotic Bishop Butler, of Limerick.

Patrick Sarsfield Statue, Limerick

Sarsfield Statue, Limerick

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