Harold’s Cross over time and space – revolutionaries and luminaries” by Patrick Gageby SC

Harold’s Cross over time and space – revolutionaries and luminaries” by Patrick Gageby SC on Tuesday 15th May at 7.30pm at the Rosary Pastoral Centre

Patrick Gageby

Patrick Gageby SC who lives locally will give a wide-ranging talk about Harold’s Cross focusing on some well-known figures with connections to the village. He will also detail the types of businesses (including orchards and hostelries) that flourished in the area, and explain how the village evolved as residential development began to transform Harold’s Cross. Patrick’s talk  will commence with John Philpot Curran. Apart from being the father of Sarah, he was one of the leading barristers of his day, who represented most of the United Irishmen. Robert Emmet and the whole 1798/1803 era in which Harold’s Cross figured so prominently will be discussed. Mention will be made of John Keogh, an important supporter of the United Irishmen and Catholic emancipation. He was the owner of Mount Jerome before it was sold to become a cemetery, and facilitated meetings of the United Irishmen there. Wolfe Tone said of him: “If we lose him I know not where to look for a man to replace him, his services to Ireland have been eminent and more especially to the Catholics”. Patrick’s presentation will feature many interesting old maps, including interesting material on the orchards of Harold’s Cross -and those who came to steal from them! Patrick’s talk will conclude on P.W. Joyce (1827-1914), author of the celebrated “The origin and history of Irish names of places” who lived on Leinster Road and died in Leinster Road West.

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