Limerick honours defender of 1651
• -• iMERICK yesterday began four
days of celebrations commemorating Bishop Terence Albert O'Brien, who 300 years ago was hanged from a street lamp by English soldiers.
In 1651 General Ireton and his ioldiers were advancing cm Limerick. But Bishop O'Brien — who came from Galway — rallied the people and held the besieged town against the English.
General Ireton offered the Biahop I bribe of £40.000. He refused it.
The seige went on for six months before the soldiers broke through and killed the Bishop.
This week a new park is being dedicated to the memory of Bishop O'Brien, and money raised by the townspeople will be spent on another memorial.
The Catholic Institute is holding an historical exhibition.
High Mass will be celebrated on Sunday in St. John's Cathedral, which stands on the crumbling walls the Bishop defended.