CABRA HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPORTS STARTS PHOTO EXHIBITION 2019

This exhibitions was held in Naomh Fionnbarra GAA club community festival week in August. It is based on photographs of some of the many sports stars from all sports who have come from the Cabra.

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NOELLE MURRAY

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SIOBHAN KEHOE

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BILLY NEWMAN

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CLAIRE LAMB

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DEREK MC MULLAN

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PADDY HOLDEN - MICKEY WHELAN

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ASHLEY GRIMES

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GERRY DALY

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EAMONN DILLON

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EAMMON FAGAN

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JIM MC NAMARA

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JIMMY CONWAY

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JOE CARLON

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LIAM WHELAN

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MICKY MAGRATH

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PETER ECCLES

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EDDIE TRACEY

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ANTO COSTELLO

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SEAN MOYLES

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RONNIE WHELAN SN

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STEV COLLINS

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TONY LALLY

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WAYNE HENDERSON

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TERRY CONROY

The Crucifix by Micheal Douglas

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     Growing up on St. Attracta Road, Cabra, my father had a metal plated crucifix wrapped up in an old vest that he kept in his sock drawer, and he always told us that Robert Emmett was blessed with it before he was hung, drawn and quartered outside St. Catherine’s Church, Thomas St. Dublin 8 in 1803. Thinking it was just a fable we went along with the story.

     Then fast forward to 2018 when one of our cousin’s, Anne Sargent from outside Boston, Massachusetts, USA did an ancestry report, she uncovered some characters that we didn’t know anything about. Like our great-grandmother Bridget O’Neill (Nee McBride) born 11th September 1879 and died 1923 who was in and out of Mountjoy Prison for minor larceny charges, like stealing a pigs tongue (1911), larceny of a chest of drawers (1913), stealing a decanter and other art (1918). Theses are to name but a few.

St Peters Church (C.O.I) Aungier St Dubllin 2

St Peters Church (C.O.I) Aungier St Dubllin 2

    At the turn of the 1800s the Douglas family lived at 47 Kevin St, Dublin 8 now the grounds of Kevin St College. The Douglas had also worshipped at St. Peters (C.O.I) Aungier St, Dublin 2. Robert Emmett’s family lived nearby on St Stephens Green and his family also worshipped at St. Peters. The church no longer exists and was on the site that the Y.M.C.A , Aungier St now stands. Robert Emmett 4th March 1778- 20th September 1803 was a Irish Republican and Irish Nationalist, patriot, orator and rebel leader. After leading a failed rebellion against British rule in 1803, he was captured then tried and executed for high treason against the British King George III .Lord Norbury (who lived in Cabrach house on the corner of present day Faussaugh Ave and Ratoath Rd) sentenced him to death.

Death Mask of Robert Emmett

    Nobody claimed the body of Robert Emmett for fear of the British authorities, it is thought his body was re-interred in St. Michans Church St. Dublin with strong United Irishmen associations. Speculation has continued regarding the whereabouts of Emmett’s remains; it is widely accepted that his remains were transferred to St. Peters (C.O.I) Aungier Street in 1804. A headless corpse was found in the vault in the 1950s and was suspected of being Emmett’s. Well to put a bit of meat on the bones of the story that my father (Brendan Douglas 1936-2016) told us about the crucifix, there must have been some contact with the parishioners of St. Peters church, the crucifix and Robert Emmett. A friend of my fathers, Joe McCarthy from Violet Hill Glasnevin made a timber cross for the crucifix about 25 years ago and its been proudly hanging on the wall ever since in our home on Attracta Rd.

      James Douglas of 47 Kevin Street Dublin married Catherine Donovan also of Kevin St. in St Peters on October 25th 1841, their children were raised as Catholics and we have been ever since , including our great aunt Anne Douglas 1899-1985 who was in a closed  of nuns in Wales, most of her lifetime. Our Grandfather Joseph Douglas 1893-1974 and his siblings were raised firstly in a basement in Henrietta St and later at 33 upper Dorset street. He joined the Leinster regiment in the first world war, while his two brothers joined the old I.R.A and then the Irish National Army at the founding of the state in 1922. Another Great Aunt Mary Kennedy (nee Douglas) was married for 5 days when her husband Sergeant John Kennedy also of the old I.R.A and the Irish National Army was shot at the Provincial Bank on O’Connell St and who after a military funeral was laid to rest in the same army plot that Michael Collins was to be laid to rest a month later. Michael Collins in Glasnevin cemetery. She never remarried for the rest of her life 1897-1969

John Kennedy Memorial Card

John Kennedy Memorial Card

   When our grandparents married on 9th January 1921 they went on to have 9 children and were one of the first families to get a house on St Attracta Rd in the early 1930s and our family have been living there ever since. Our father, Brendan Douglas was the youngest of his siblings was born in the back bedroom in the house on St. Attracta Rd on the 11th August 1936 and lived there all his life