Mass grave ‘found’ of 300 rebels killed in Battle of Antrim’

Thursday, 26 October 2017

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THE final resting place of the men who perished in the Battle of Antrim may have finally been located, the Antrim Guardian can exclusively reveal.
Around 300 insurgents died on the streets of Antrim on June 7 1798 and their broken bodies were unceremoniously dumped into a mass grave near the shores of Lough Neagh.
There was no ceremony. No marker. To all intents and purposes they were erased from history.
Many supposed that the dead were buried somewhere in the vicinity of what became Massereene Golf Club in 1895 - but if anyone knew the exact location, they were not saying.
That all changed, however, when a photograph pre-dating the club entitled 'The Rebels Grave at Lough Neagh' recently came to light.
It clearly identifies a mound of earth off the Lough Road on what is now the 12th tee.
That mound is still there today, sparking speculation that generations of golfers have been playing on what is essentially a war grave.
The breakthrough has also sparked calls for a marker to commemorate the lives lost during the uprising.
*Read the remarkable story in this week's Antrim Guardian.


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