Old Images of Clare – Maid of Erin, Ennis, 1895

Old Images of Clare – Maid of Erin, Ennis, 1895


Martyr’s Monument (Maid of Erin) and St. Anthony’s Terrace, Ennis, Co. Clare, in 1895. Photo by Robert French.

Erected in 1881, the Maid of Erin Monument was designed by marble sculptor Patrick (P.J.) O’Neill. The sculpture commemorates the hanging of three Fenians, William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin, and Michael O’Brien in controversial circumstances in England which caused a huge outcry at the time . The ‘Manchester Martyrs’ as they are now known were hanged in public outside the New Bailey prison in Salford, Greater Manchester on 23 November 1867 after being found guilty of the murder of Sgt. Charles Brett.

Robert French captured hundreds of images from around County Clare. These photographs are part of the National Library of Ireland Lawrence Collection.