Statue to Kildare rebel John Devoy ready to be unveiled

John Devoy
A life-size statue of Irish patriot John Devoy, who is a native of Kill, will be officially unveiled in Naas later this month. The rebel, who died in 1928 and is buried is Glasnevin Cemetery, helped source guns and money for the Easter Rising from the US where he was exiled. Cast by sculptor Jarlath Daly, the monument will be erected in Poplar Square on October 25. The location is also across the street from Our Lady and St. David's Church, where he was condemned from the pulpit in 1865 by a priest for his political activities in the name of Irish freedom. The statue has been funded by the John Devoy Memorial Committee was founded in Naas by local man Seamus Curran in 2008. The Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee in conjunction with Kildare County Council has launched a week-long programme of events to mark the unveiling.

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