The Wexford County Council have announced plans to re-open John Redmond’s mausoleum. The graveyard, which is situated on John’s Street in Wexford Town, has been closed to the public for a number of decades.
Redmond, who led the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 to 1918, is famous for his achievement of delivering Home Rule to Ireland. The Government of Ireland Act of 1914, which Redmond fought hard to achieve, was postponed after the outbreak of World War One.
In March, 1918, the Wexford-born politician passed away from heart failure after an operation to remove an intestinal obstruction. His last words were recorded as being “Father, I am a broken-hearted man.”
A structural assessment of Redmond’s tomb has already been carried out, assisted in part by a €30,000 grant from the Department of Heritage.
Further works to clean the tomb and the graveyard in general will be carried out in the lead up to its opening, which is expected to take place in the middle of 2015.