John Keegan Casey

















































John Keegan Casey 1846-1870

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Born at Mount Dalton in County Westmeath. He was the poet of the Fenian movement and wrote under the pen-name of Leo. He wrote for a number of Irish papers and spent six months in prison because of his work. He wrote a number of poems and songs which were well received, the most famous being The Rising of the Moon.

He died after an accident involving a cab. The cross over his grave was erected by the Monuments Committee of the Young Ireland Society. It is said that over 50,000 people followed his coffin to the sound of The Rising of the Moon. He is buried in Dublin.

Further information and directions to the grave are to be found in "The End - An Illustrated Guide to the Graves of Irish Writers".  Click here to order a copy of this book