of Saint Anthony.
As you enter St. Joseph’s Church, you
see a small statue of St. Anthony, which stands on a pedestal,
near the first window. This was erected to the memory of the
5th Francis Brennan to be born in Killarkin. He died at the
early age of 14 years. He was the eldest son of Francis and
Bridget Brennan, Killarkin, Leitrim.
He himself requested the erection of the
statue before he died, after an illness borne with patience
and resignation. The sad event took place on August 23rd 1953.
In the report of the ‘Kilclare Races’, of August
15th 1952, his equestrian feats were highly praised and he
was known to be full of spirit and vivacity.
Archdeacon O’Donoghue purchased the
statue in Dublin and blessed it. Unfortunately, when it arrived,
the head was broken. The late James Eardley, Leitrim came
to the rescue and repaired the statue beautifully. It was
re-touched and placed in its present position when the Church