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Ireland
Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile
Limerick - Luimneach

The Square

Rev. William Casey

Castlequarter, Co. Limerick 1844 - Abbeyfeale 1907
Parish priest from 1883 to 1907 and helped the tenant farmers fight against their landlords
Edmund Sharp

1910

Abbeyfeale - <i>Mainistir na Féile</i> /  Rev. William Casey   Abbeyfeale - <i>Mainistir na Féile</i> /  Rev. William Casey

Description

Bronze statue of William Casey with the bible in his left hand and raising is right arm, standing on a high pedestal with texts and reliefs in oval shields. The reliefs show:
  1. The church at Abbeyfeale
  2. Scene with a sunrise over sea with on the coat a round tower, Celtic cross, harp and dog.

Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile / Rev. William Casey
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Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile / Rev. William Casey
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Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile / Rev. William Casey Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile / Rev. William Casey

Above the four oval shields are shields with religious symbols: the IHS monogram, a cross, a chalice with the Holy Comunion, the Agnus Dei

Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile / Rev. William Casey Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile / Rev. William Casey Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile / Rev. William Casey Abbeyfeale - Mainistir na Féile / Rev. William Casey

Inscription(s)

In the oval shields English and Gaelic texts. Here is the English one (who wants to transcribe the Gaelic for us, photo available):

his
grateful fellow
countrymen at home
and beyond the seas
have erected this monument
to the memory of the
REV. WILLIAM CASEY
for a quarter of a century prior to his
death, the parish priest of this parish.
he found his people struggling in the
toils of landlordism; he left them owners
of the soil and freemen. by his death,
religion lost a shining light;
the cause of temperance a strenuous
advocate; the poor without distinction
of creed, an ever helpful friend; and
ireland a devoted son. but his memory
which will live for ever in the
hearts of the people, is a rich
ennobling an inspiring
inheritance.

At the base of the plinth:

born at
castlequarter mitchelstown
1844
ordained at carlow
1868
died at abbeyfeale
1907

do nugad é i gCill beiṫne laiṁ
le Baile Ṁistéala — 1844
do coispeaḃad n-a ṡagart
é i gColáiste Ceaṫarlaigh - 1868
do cailleaḋ é i Mainistir
na Féile - 1907

appointed curate
temporarily at abbeyfeale
1869
appointed permanently
1871
appointed charge of the parish
1883

do cumead go Mainistir
na Féile sealad é - 1869
ṡagaṫainig sé ann arís 'n-a
ṡagart ḃonganta - 1871
do deineaḋ sagart
paróiste ḋe - 1883

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 52°23'5" W 9°18'6"

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