John Windele's Tomb, Cork City, Co. Cork

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I look forward to hearing all about Mr Windele, I for one have not come across that name before.

It is a long time since we had a Limerick from our Chief Antipodean Contributor (CAC), and for some reason this photo reminds me of my favorite Cork Limerick;
There was a young lady of Cork,
Whose Dad made a fortune in pork.
He bought for his daughter,
A tutor who taught her,
To balance green peas on her fork.


And so we learned that this monument is to Cork antiquarian John Windele (1801-1865), and was designed by fellow Cork antiquarian Richard Rolt Brash (1817-1876).


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_CAB_02790

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    sharon.corbet

    • 17/Apr/2018 07:36:04

    According to wikipedia: "John Windele (1801 – 28 August 1865) was an Irish antiquarian, particularly interested in early Irish literature and Ogham inscriptions."

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    Foxglove

    • 17/Apr/2018 07:38:37

    Sharon got here 1st. no Ingham carved into his grave stone ....

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    sharon.corbet

    • 17/Apr/2018 07:38:57

    The Celtic cross in the Botanic Gardens Cemetery, Cork was designed by Richard Rolt Brash and executed by Patrick Scannell. There's a link to an article in "Irish Builder" giving more detail on both the monument and John Windele himself.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Apr/2018 07:40:44

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet Thank you Sharon

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Apr/2018 07:54:46

    We have some Windele drawings in the catalogue, such as, catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000746059 Inscribed stone at Riesk [Reask], near Dingle

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Apr/2018 10:11:09

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I like the Cork limerick! What does Windele rhyme with - feel, feely, fell, etc?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Apr/2018 10:23:30

    I wonder if this was his house at 'Blair's Hill' in Cork - www.google.com/maps/@51.9010878,-8.4903196,66a,35y,39.55t...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 17/Apr/2018 11:00:54

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I am not sure, it is not a very common name at all. For what it is worth I would count the final "E" as silent and rhyme with say Kindle? What do you think?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 17/Apr/2018 12:21:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I think 'Windle' might be it. Misspelled in the last para here - www.ricorso.net/rx/az-data/authors/w/Windele_J/life.htm "Reference to ‘John Windle of Cork’ [sic] ..." His wife was called Margaret (d. 1876) and their son Edwin was a medical student - www.willcalendars.nationalarchives.ie/reels/cwa/005014892...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 17/Apr/2018 12:23:45

    There is no-one at all spelled Windele in the 1901 or 1911 censusseses.

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    guliolopez

    • 20/Apr/2018 00:05:13

    Can't believe I missed this. More than a few of "my people" buried in this cemetery. Know the monument well. The man named on the front of the monument (Windele - the deceased) was a historian and antiquarian. As was the man named on "the back" of the monument (Brash - the designer). They were contemporaries who knew each other - sharing an interest in Ogham in particular. So it's not surprising the latter was asked to design something that reflected the interests of the former :) Windele's book, 'Historical and Descriptive Notices of the City of Cork', is a very useful source for anyone researching 19th century Cork. Brash is perhaps better known for his architecture - and is commemorated on one of those plaques atop the Assembly Rooms on the South Mall.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Apr/2018 17:08:09

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected], https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet, https://www.flickr.com/photos/foxglove, https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia, and https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley. I've (very belatedly) updated the map and other details.

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    jmccfsl

    • 22/Apr/2018 16:24:50

    There is a Windele Road in Drumcondra in Dublin, named after him. See OSM osm.org/go/es~U4MQB?m=

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    Carrignafoy

    • 12/Feb/2019 14:51:19

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet The Botanic Gardens was later and still is known as St. Joseph's Cemetery. It is located at Tory Top Road near Ballyphehane, Cork City.