Patrick Nally

















































Patrick W. Nally 1856-1891

Born near Balla, County Mayo. The Nally stand in Croke Park is called after him. After a meeting with Michael Cusack in 1879, Nally organised two athletic events which helped set in motion the establishment of the G.A.A. He was a Fenian activist and was arrested in connection with the Crossmolina conspiracy and was sentenced in 1883 to ten years penal servitude. He died in mysterious circumstances in Mountjoy Jail. The official cause was recorded as typhoid but foul play was suspected. His funeral was huge and the entire Central Council of the G.A.A. marched behind his coffin to the MacManus plot in Glasnevin. His coffin was draped with the same flag that had draped Parnellís coffin the month before. A Protestant clergyman, Rev M.H. Close requested and received permission to defray the expenses attendant on the funeral.

He is buried with Terence Bellew McManus, John O'Mahony and others in the Fenian plot, Dublin.


Further information and directions to the grave are to be found in "Dead and Buried in Dublin - An Illustrated Guide to the Historic Graves of Dublin.  Click here to order a copy of this book