Thomas Francis Meagher’s Waterford

Following  the Young Irelander’s failed uprising in 1848, Thomas Francis Meagher was found guilty of high treason on 22nd October and was transported to Van Diemen’s Land. He was destined never to return to Ireland, instead escaping to the United States where he would later lead the Irish Brigade in the American Civil War. His home-town of Waterford never forgot their famous son, with frequent reminders of the General still to be seen throughout the city, as can be seen from these photographs.

Thomas Francis Meagher Memorial, The Mall, Waterford

Inscription on Thomas Francis Meagher Memorial

Granville Hotel, The Quays, Waterford, on site of Meagher's Birthplace

Wolfe Tone Club, 33 The Mall, Waterford, where Meagher first flew the Irish tricolour

Commemorative Plaque on 33 The Mall, Waterford

Derrynane House, 19 The Mall, Waterford, where Meagher grew up and was arrested

Derrynane House Plaque, 19 The Mall, Waterford

Thomas Francis Meagher Case, Waterford Treasures Museum

Meagher's Kearney Cross, Waterford Treasures Museum


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Categories: Memorials, The Civil War and Ireland, Thomas Francis Meagher, Waterford

Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

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7 Comments on “Thomas Francis Meagher’s Waterford”

  1. Angela
    July 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Good pictures – did you take these? Were you in Waterford recently ?

    • July 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

      Hi, we went round in the rain a week ago to take them, got drenched for our troubles!

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. July 19, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    That’s hugely interesting, I had no idea about any of that. What a guy! Was there an ‘as Gaeilge’ version of the big memorial plaque?

  3. Mike Fitzpatrick, Massapequa Park NY
    July 29, 2015 at 12:35 am #

    Thoroughly enjoyed the article. My maternal grandparents were from County Waterford. My grandfather, Dennis Crotty, was from Dungarvan and my grandmother, Alice, was from nearby Cool Na Smear……I always loved how she pronounced that. What was interesting is that Meagher’s grandfather married a widow named Mary Crotty which happens to be my mother’s name.
    Great stuff, Damian!!

    Mike Fitzpatrick

    • July 29, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      Hi Mike,

      Many thanks for the comment, and glad you enjoyed the piece! Have you been back to visit Waterford? It is a nice part of the world!

      Kind Regards,


      • Mike Fitzpatrick, Massapequa Park NY
        July 30, 2015 at 1:58 am #

        Hi, Damian!
        It seems like yesterday, but my one and only trip there was in 1997……..twas truly beautiful!…….could see the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns (correct me if I’m wrong) from my cousin’s farm!…….got to Dungarvan, but not to Waterford City!…….had a fantastic time!!!!

      • August 1, 2015 at 9:17 am #

        Hi Mike,

        It is a beautiful part of the world, I was actually only in Dungarvan last week which is a wonderful town. You will have to make it back before too long!

        Kind Regards,


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