Mary O'Connors Grave

R588 Clogherbrien County Kerry IE


Take a trip out the Fenit Road R588 and on your right hand side you will come upon Clogherbrien Graveyard which is the final resting place of Mary O'Connor 'The Rose of Tralee'.

 

William Mulchinock made his way from Tralee to India where he worked as a war correspondent. Here he met an officer from Limerick who asked William what had bought him to India. When William told him the officer said he would use his influence to get William returned to Ireland, and to Tralee, a free man.

 

So in 1849, some six years after leaving Tralee, William returned. He stopped off at The Kings Arms in Rock Street for a drink before planning to visit Mary in nearby Brogue Lane. The landlord began to draw the curtains to mark the passing of a funeral coming down the street. On enquiring who the funeral was for, William was told it was for a local girl from Brogue Lane, a lovely and fair young woman named Mary O'Connor - the Rose of Tralee.

 

William was devastated and his heart broken. There was nothing left for him but to visit Mary's grave on the outskirts of town. The famine was at its height in Ireland at this time and most of the country's eight million inhabitants were trying to survive on a diet of potatoes alone.  William never got over Mary's death, and despite marrying and having children with an old flame he refused to forget her.