Father Patrick McCabe Memorial

The Fenian Memorial Committee of America is working to erect a memorial stone at the grave of Father Patrick McCabe of, Arnaghan, Lough Gowna, Co. Cavan, who was instrumental in the escape of the great Fenian, John Boyle O’Reilly and six military Fenians from Fremantle Prison in Western Australia to America aboard the whaling vessel the Catalpa which sailed from New Bedford, Massachusetts to rescue them and bring them to New York, before they dispersed to different parts of the U.S.

 

 

All funds raised will go towards the memorial for Father McCabe, who is buried in the hamlet of St. Mary, on the outskirts of Waseca, Minnesota, where he fled to from Australia—with the help of Archbishop John Ireland (from Burnchurch, County Kilkenny)—and became the parish priest for mainly Irish immigrant farmers.

The unveiling of the memorial stone and commemoration will take place on
May 18, 2019
at St. Mary, Waseca.