Location: The Quay/Bridge Street

Francis Hearne


From a distinguished clerical family Francis Hearne was hanged on Waterford Bridge in 1799 for United Irish activities. Three of his uncles were Catholic priests. His uncle Thomas was the dean of the diocese and another uncle Francis was rector of the Irish College at Louvain in Belgium and was a noted linguist, fluent in English, Irish, Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Arabic and Russian as well as Flemish.


The younger Francis had studied for the priesthood at Maynooth but had been expelled for his political activities. Following the 1798 rebellion Hearne was arrested and charged treasonable activities and found guilty. Despite the best efforts of his uncles he was executed on 21 October 1799.