Beyond The Pale

2014-06-26 TeachCuirte+
Carlingford, County Louth, was in the middle ages a heavily fortified town at the northern edge of ‘The Pale’, the territory in Ireland owned by English lords (John Murray’s (1834) Handbook For Travellers). It is now just south of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
First is the courthouse (“teach cúirte”), constructed in 1935 and a library since 2008, with doors painted in the deep blue associated with the Irish coat of arms the Presidential seal.
Second is a plaque commemorating the birthplace of Lorcán Ó Muireadhaigh, “priest, scholar, historian, pioneer – Ulsterman and Gael to the core” (“sagart, scoláire, staraí, ceannródaí – Ultach agus gael go smior”), perhaps best known for founding the Irish-language literary magazine An tUltach in 1924. (The house is immediately next to (north of) the shop featured previously in No Ice Cream.)
Finally, the gravestone of Captain James Boyle stands in the graveyard of Kilwirra church in Templetown to the south of Carlingford and Greenore. “In Memory Of Captain James Boyle, Muchgrange, Greenore of The Irish Free State Army, 5th Northern Division ambushed and killed at Rockmarshall, Jenkinstown on 4th November 1922 aged 24 Years. A thiarna déan trócaire air [Lord have mercy on him]” (More images of the ruins can be found at megalithicireland.) Boyle was killed along with Sergeant Peter Trainor by a mine planted by anti-treaty forces.

By e-mail from Donal Hall of the Louth Archaeological Society:“On 4 November, Captain James Boyle of Greenore, and Sergeant P Treanor, aged 36 and from Carrickroe, Emyvale, Co Monaghan were killed when their convoy was ambushed at Rockmarshall, in Cooley. The lorry in which they were travelling was first blown up by a concealed land mine and then peppered with rifle fire. Captain Boyle was wounded and died some hours later, while Sergeant Treanor was killed at the ambush site. Boyle was a native of Greenore, and was stationed there. As reported in the Democrat it was stated that the ambush was specifically targeted to kill Captain Boyle. Perhaps the success of the army in the Cooley area in locating arms dumps was attributed to Captain Boyle and his local contacts. When Captain Boyle was buried on Monday 6 November, shops in Dundalk closed for two hours while the remains were removed to his local parish Greenore, from where a full military funeral escorted the cortege. Sergeant Treanor, who had recently become engaged to be married, and had been due to go on leave, was buried with full military honours in his native Carrickroe

There are more details in the Dundalk Democrat of 11 November 1922.”
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text: X01997 X01996 X01994 sa teach seo ar an 8ú meitheamh 1883 a rugadh in this house on the 8th of june was born

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