Fr Patrick Lavelle
 

 

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Father Patrick Lavelle 1825-1886

 He was born in Mullagh, County Mayo. He became a national hero for his stand against proselytism in Toormakeady County Mayo and for publicising the evictions which took place there. Also tried to bring back the Cross of Cong to Cong, by smashing the glass in the Museum and making it off with it. He supported the Fenian cause and delivered the eulogy at the graveside of Terence Bellew McManus. He regularly wrote letters to the press on behalf of the Fenians and came into regular confrontation with Archbishop Cullen.

Buried in Cong Abbey. There is a plaque in the back of the new church - Pray for the soul of Patrick Lavelle who in dark and evil days successfully fought the battle of faith and fatherland.