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Thread #32544   Message #429151
Posted By: Big Tim
30-Mar-01 - 08:47 AM
Thread Name: Roddy McCorley: date of origin ?
Subject: RE: Roddy McCorley: date of origin ?
The bridge where he was hanged is now long gone, replaced by the modern one. He was buried on the road beneath the gallows, his body having initially been given up for dissection. His nephew disinterred the body in 1857 when a new road was being built and reburied it in Duneane Protestant Churchyard in an unmarked grave. This need not necessarily imply that Roddy was a Prot as Catholics were often buried in Prot churches at that time. I was assured in Toome that McCorley is "a very, very Catholic name". In fact another Roddy McCorley, of Belfast, was a well known IRA man in the 1920s. An earlier monument to the original Roddy was destroyed and a more recent one stands unmolested, strategically located directly oposite the RUC station in the centre of Toome. It is inscribed, in both English and Irish,"In memody of Rody[correct spelling] McCorley who was hanged here for his part in the rising of 1798. Those who died for Ireland let not their memory die". As I said earlier it's a moot point whether Roddy "died for Ireland". He was a member of Thomas Archer's gang of murdererers and robbers who terrorised the area for a couple of years after the rising. Archer was hanged soon after Roddy. However Roddy had probably fought at the Battle of Antrim though he certainly did not, as Carbery put it, "lead them to the fray".