TREATY STONE

From Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)

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THE TREATY STONE.—It was on this historic stone, celebrated in song and story, that the famous "Treaty of Limerick" was signed between the Irish and the Williamites, when the city of Limerick had capitulated, after one of the most heroic defenses in history. But it was infamously broken "ere the ink wherewith 'twas writ could dry." The treaty consisted of two parts, civil and military, and both were violated. Hence Limerick has since borne the title of "The City of the Violated Treaty." Even in the very place where the treaty was agreed to and signed it was most flagrantly repudiated, and the atrocious Penal Laws were most rigorously applied. It was the memory of this infamous treachery that inspired the Irish regiments when at the battle of Fontenoy they swept the English from the field to the cry, in the Irish tongue, "Remember Limerick and English faith." The Treaty Stone was placed in its present position on a fine pedestal, near the foot of Thomond Bridge, by the municipal authorities some years ago.

Treaty Stone, Limerick

Treaty Stone, Limerick

Description of County Limerick | Treaty Stone | Patrick Sarsfield Statue | Thomond Bridge | Adare Abbey | Franciscan Monastery, Askeaton | Limerick Map

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