The Cenotaph at Carrick East Grid reference C696177
also known as:
The Ballyquin Monument, the Carrick East cenotaph
In the townland of Carrick East in Ballyquin, not far from the
dolmen, the surprised
passer-by can view this remarkable monument. It stands near the edge of
a field and
overlooks a large part of the Roe Valley. On clear days one can see it
measured 13ft. by 13ft. and was about 45ft. in height. The sides are
lined up to face north, south, east and west.
It is in an excellent state of repair because it was renovated by the Follies Trust in 2015. The monument was erected in 1840 in memory of Henry Barre Beresford, a member of a powerful local family of landowners.
There are four tablets with inscriptions facing in the directions of the compass. They can be studied below:
As can be seen, two of the tablets are originals, the other two were beyond restoration and have been replaced, As the first two are rather difficult to read, we provide the texts below.
was erected by the Tenants of
the Estate of the Most Noble the
Marquis of Waterford in this County
to comemorate the Virtues and Talents
that distinguished and adorned
their late Agent
Henry Barre Beresford Esqr. H.B.Beresford
Seventh son of the Rt Hon John Beresford
was born 25th Sept. 1781
at Walworth House in this County
Died in London
on the 15th of December 1837.
the spelling of the
word "commemorate" has changed over the last
160 years or you are looking at a serious mis-chisel.
The remarkable structure blends beautifully into the countryside and from various points of the roads around, the traveller is pleasantly surprised by this unexpected reminder of the days gone by.
Mind you, the access to the monument looks less prosaic and it is difficult to reach. Cars have to be parked alongside the road and access to the monument is via a very large field.
|If you like to see what the monument looked
like before the restoration, here is a link to the article I wrote
about it some years ago:
The cenotaph in Carrick East
And here is a link to the Newsbrowser article about the restoration of the monument:
Newsbrowser June 2015
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