Information Needed on Historic Tragedy

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Last year, NewsFour readers came up trumps in assisting Councillor Paddy McCartan’s quest regarding information on relatives of a late merchant seaman John Hearn, who was lost at sea in 1940.

The Ringsend man was represented at a civic reception and plaque unveiling in the Mansion House by his relatives. Cllr McCartan is hoping for our reader’s input again on another historic quest.

The late Margaret Naylor (nee Rowe) had been active in the Dublin 4 area during the 1916 rising whilst her husband John was serving overseas in WW1. Sadly, both husband and wife were shot within hours of each other; Margaret having been shot beside the old Boland’s Mills near Grand Canal Dock. The couple were remembered at the British Military Cemetery in Grangegorman, but the narrative of a sentimental chapter in both local and national history has so far been limited.

Cllr McCartan recently expressed, “I was considering at one point appealing to Joe Duffy’s Liveline for information, but I remembered the great response from NewsFour readers last year regarding John Hearn.”

Margaret’s death would be of great interest to local historians, but it’s believed that Naylor’s people were also natives of the area and any information of the couple or living relatives would be of great historic value.

If any of our readers know of or have any information regarding the couple’s history or bloodline, please contact Cllr Paddy McCartan at 12 Thorncastle Street, Ringsend or phone: 01 6609202.

Photo supplied by Cllr Paddy McCartan.

By Eric Murphy