Lifestyle – A manuscript from 1775, detailing the Headford lands of the St George family, travels to Philadelphia next month on loan from Galway County Council’s archive collection. Archivist Patria McWalter and members of the Headford Lace Project tell JUDY MURPHY about this family’s legacy.
An 18th Century manuscript, bought by Galway County Council in 1963 for £6, which is normally housed in the Council archives at Island House behind Galway Cathedral, has been carefully packed up this week, under the watchful eye of Council Archivist, Patria McWalter.
It’s heading to America, where it will join artefacts from Ireland, Europe, Australia and the US for a major historic exhibition, opening in September, entitled Cost of a Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier.
The manuscript going on loan is the 1775 Survey of the St George Headford Estate. It gives a written account of some 4,000 acres of land in Headford that was owned and leased by the St George family to local tenants.
The manuscript includes a rent-roll and description of the farms as well as watercolour maps of each holding, with different colours illustrating the type of land – arable or bog.
The 244-year-old book is being lent to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, where it will form part of a temporary exhibition on the life and death of Anglo-Irish landlord Richard St George Mansergh St George (1757-1798).
The curators of the Philadelphia exhibition have gathered material from all over the world on this member of Ireland’s ruling Anglo-Irish class, who owned land in Cork, Tipperary and Kilkenny as well as in Galway, as Patria explains.
In 1776, Mansergh St George joined the British Army and went to America to fight against the American revolutionaries who were seeking freedom from English rule.
In 1777, in the Battle of Germanstown, during a campaign to capture Philadelphia, Mansergh St George was shot in the head and badly wounded. He survived, but needed an operation on his skull – in the days before anaesthetics. He subsequently wore a black silk scarf to cover the wound.
He returned to Ireland and then travelled to Italy in the 1780s as part of his recovery. In Italy he met artist Xavier della Gatta and told him about the Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Paoli, which he’d also fought in.
Della Gatta painted both and his dramatic painting of the Battle of Germantown featured Mansergh St George being carried off the battlefield. These portraits are now owned by the Museum in Philadelphia and will feature in the exhibition.
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UHG nurse battles for her life in ICU
UHG remains braced to rapidly respond to any rise in Covid-19 patients as a result of a second surge – but the plight of one of their own colleagues this week showed just how precarious this pandemic can be.
Because while senior management at the Saolta Group vowed to stay ‘vigilant and alert’, a staff nurse at UHG was battling for her life in the hospital’s own ICU.
Leona Paula Leoncio, a 36-year-old mother of two boys, tested positive for Covid-19 last week, and was moved to ICU on Monday where she was intubated and ventilated.
The staff nurse, who had no underlying health conditions, is now battling for life in ICU at UHG, according to the Philippine Consulate in Dublin, which has urged people to pray for her.
Ms Leoncio moved to Ireland in 2017, with her husband and two children, to work in the country’s health system.
“We might have different faiths and beliefs but can I ask of you . . . to take a pause and say a prayer of healing and strength for her and her family,” said Chuck Giner, her nursing colleague at UHG, in a posting relayed on the Philippine Consulate’s social media.
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Gort boy reunites Tipp star with broken hurl from famous point
Tipperary All-Star hurler Brendan Maher has revealed that a young lad in Gort has found his long-lost hurl – the one he used to score one of the points of the last sporting year.
The broken hurl, the one that broke the hearts of St Thomas’ fans back in January, was used to fire over a point in Borris-Illeigh’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over the Galway club at the Gaelic Grounds.
Maher revealed last week that he tried to retrieve the hurl after the match to keep as a memento, but couldn’t find it. He subsequently got a letter from twelve year old Liam Linnane from Gort, who had found it.
“After I scored the point I got kind of carried away and I threw it over my shoulder into the open stand in the Gaelic Grounds. After the match, I thought I would really like to have that hurley but we could not find it and the club even contacted the Gaelic Grounds afterwards to see if it was found.
“Several weeks had passed and I’d given up on it when I got a letter from a young fella in Gort and I read down through it. He said he was twelve years old and that he was at the game where I scored the point with the broken hurley and that he had the hurley.”
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