The John Walsh Monument

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This carved slab commemorates the blacksmith John Walsh from Ballyannon. He was accused of making weapons for the United Irishmen in the Midleton area in 1798. Arrested by Crown forces, Walsh was ordered to be flogged from Cove (as it then was) to Cork in public to make him reveal the name of the local United Irishmen. The flogging was so severe that Walsh died of his wounds at Fota without revealing any names. The design of this monument harks back to Celtic designs and includes a modern version of the ancient Irish ogham writing on the side.