Near Cloonyquin in County Roscommon, Connacht, Ireland — Irish West
1854 - 1920
of the birthplace of
William Percy French
Born 1st May 1854
and commemorates his life as
engineer, song-writer, entertainer,
artist and journalist.
“Remember me is all I ask,
and yet if the remembrance
prove a task - forget!” W.P.F.
Erected by Co. Roscommon Historical
and Archaeological Society in 1984.
This plaque was erected by
Co. Roscommon Percy French Society
to commemorate the
150th anniversary of
the birth of
1854 - 1920
Unveiled by his great grand nephew
1st May 2004
William Percy French was born in
this house in 1854.
Civil Engineer, song-writer, author,
singer, painter, librettist, entertainer.
Most lovingly remembered for his comic-sweet
songs which included:
‘Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff’
‘The Mountains of Mourne’
‘Phil the Fluter's Ball’ and
that hymn to the West Clare Railway
‘Are ye Right There, Michael?’
He gave pleasure wherever he passed and left a kindly
memory to all who knew him.
He died at Formby in 1920
Plaque erected by Bord Fáilte
Location. 53° 48.495′ N, 8° 15.482′ W. Marker is near Cloonyquin, Connacht, in County Roscommon. Touch for map. Memorial is about 2.1 kilometers WNW of Road N61 at Cloonyquin, along a narrow unnamed third class road.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cruachan / Cruachain (Rathmore) (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); Rathmoyle Cemetery (approx. 8.5 kilometers away); The Sharkey Sisters (approx. 10.7 kilometers away); Dr. Dudley Forde House (approx. 10.8 kilometers away); Strokestown Brewery (approx. 10.8 kilometers away); Mahon Dower House (approx. 10.8 kilometers away).
Also see . . . Percy French Images. (Submitted on March 4, 2010.)
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