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Circa 1900, Patrick Byrne of Cloontarriff erected the above monument as a testimony to Captains James O'Malley (d. 1798) and Richard Jordan (d. 1798) 'who offered up their lives on the altar of their country in the year 1798'.
Captain James O'Malley of Eden (d. 1798) belonged to the Catholic gentry of Knock Co Mayo and was a United irishman. In 1798, he commanded a small force of rebels at Knock. Having joined with Humbert shortly after his arrival, James and his brother Alexander O'Malley Jr (d. 1841) fought in all the engagements from Castlebar to Ballinamuck. In the aftermath James was captured and hanged following a drumhead court-martial: due to the influence of their father, Alexander was pardoned. Their father, Alexander O'Malley was a local magistrate and cess-payer.
|Date of Death||1798|
|Associated Building (s)||Eden Park KNOCK|