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Garraí Francach monument

Frenchman's Garden Monument

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Killogeary - Cill-Ui-Gheidhre /  Garraí Francach monument   Killogeary - Cill-Ui-Gheidhre /  Garraí Francach monument


Tomb built of stone with a plaque, and on this tomb a rather modern (made of kind of fiber glass?) sculpture of the dieing soldier.


The plaque has inscriptions in French, English and Irish:

Killogeary / Cill-Ui-Gheidhre - Garraí Francach monument

Ci cit a Garrai Franncach
le corps d'un soldat
Français qui est mort en
août 1798.
Il est arrivé à Kilcummin
avec le général Humbert
et ses armées. Il était le
premier soldat de cette
expédition a mourir sur
le sol irlandais

Here in Garrai Franncach
lies the body of a French
soldier who died in August
He arrived at Kilcummin
with General Humbert and
his forces. He was the
first soldier of that
expedition to die on Irish

[The Irish text I can't transcribe]


The monument is to a young French soldier who was part of the French force which landed nearby at Kilcummen in August 1798. He was the first to lose his life apparently after bleeding to death due to a wound he sustained as a result of his pistol going off while remounting his horse. He was buried secretly close by at Garraí Francach or the French man's Garden. He came from Chauvé which is twinned with the nearby town of Killala.

Killogeary / Cill-Ui-Gheidhre - Garraí Francach monument


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Location (N 54°16'19" - W 9°16'4")

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Item Code: ie005; Photograph: 1 September 2002  / updated: 20 September 2009
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