So the Rebel Priest was hanged at Newport, Co. Mayo;

“Shortly afterwards a game-keeper passed by with his dog and gun, and saw the priest hanging on the crane. But instead of saying “Beannacht Dia ar a anam” no fada mar sin” he looked up and said he “Nac ard ara saol an saggart croicad  iniu” The scoundrel he was a noted rascal that fellow, he was one of Sir George O’Donnell’s nominees, but he got his reward, he did then. He went to the mountain with is dog and gun and he never returned, he got lost and there was no trace of him till several days afterwards when the dogs of the town found his remains on the mountain and dragged them thought the streets. I never heard of what happened to the body of Fr. Manus”

Fr. Sweeney remains were taken nearby Burrishoole Abbey, where he was buried with his parents. In 1922 a monument was erected to the memory of the Patriot Priest. He was not forgotten at his birthplace of Achill, when in 1944 Emily, Anita and Eva with the help of a committee and the islanders erected a monument too.

Fr Manus Sweeney Monument, Achill

Fr Manus Sweeney Monument, Achill


Pat Molloy, Keel, Achill;  NFC 1015: 54-9
Special Thanks
Dr. Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Interim Director National Folklore Collection / Cnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann University College Dublin / An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath