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Posted By: Frank McGrath
30-Mar-01 - 08:08 PM
Thread Name: Roddy McCorley: date of origin ?
Subject: RE: Roddy McCorley: date of origin ?
Howya Big Mick,
John Moulden should be the expert on this subject. I hope he'll contribute.
I have very little information but I picked up this interesting little snippet - "he was originally a presbterian from a small townland called Duneane, and his memorial stands beside the new bridge in Toome. He was buried on the bridge so that everyone passing from Derry to Belfast would have to walk over his remains, as this was the only way to cross the river Bann. This would also serve as a reminder to any one in the rebellion the price they would pay. His remains were later removed buried in a small graveyard near the village. He is commorated every Easter Tuesday by a march through Toomebridge and a service beside the memorial."
This seems to imply that he changed religion somewhere along the line. I'll do a little digging and see what I can find.
Very best regards.