Hello readers, came across the following story in catalogue 125 - De Burca Rare Books, page 135
B24. LOHAN, Maire.
An " Antiquarian Craze". The life, times and work in archaeology of Patrick Lyons R.I.C. ( 1861 - 1954 ). Dublin : By Eamonn De Burca for Edmund Burke Publisher, 2008. pp.xiv, 192. Illustrated. Fine in coloured stiff wraps
Born in 1861, Sgt. Patrick Lyons, " The Antiquarian Policeman ", served with the Royal Irish Constabulary from 1886 - 1920. while stationed in the West of Ireland, he developed a keen interest in documenting the field - monuments he noticed on his patrols. His discovery of four ogham stones * led to a correspondence with Hubert Knox, a renowned Mayo Antiquarian; Lyons provided Knox with important descriptions of field monuments, contributing to 19 published papers. Out of modesty, and fear that the R.I.C. would frown on his " antiquarian craze ", he preferred not to be acknowledged by name, although he was much admired for his fine mind and dedicated antiquarian " police work " by those few with whom he shared his interest
To bring to light his remarkable work, this book draws on Lyons own notes and photographs ( preserved by N.U.I. Galway and the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland ), archived local newspapers and an overview of the social and political history of his times
A quiet unassuming man, Lyons died in 1954 and lies buried in an unmarked grave in his native Clonmel. His major contribution to Irish archeology deserves to be acknowledged in print at last.
Maire Lohan ( nee Carroll ) was born in Belmullet, County Mayo and now lives in Galway city. While researching for an M.A. in archeology at U.C.G. she became aware of the Lyons Photographic Collection there and also the Knox/Lyons Collection at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, around which this book is based. She has worked with O.P.W. in the Archaeological Survey of County Galway, lectured in archaeology at R.T.C. Galway and excavated in Galway city. She has published articles in the Journal of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society and Cathair na Mart. This is her first book.
With thanks to De Burca Rare Books
When I read the review, I was saddened to learn that such a gifted man, who lived to the grand old age of 93, was buried in an unmarked grave
Does anyone have any more information on Sgt. Patrick Lyons
* ogham or ogam - an ancient alphabetical writing system used by the Celts in Britain, consisting of straight lines drawn or carved perpendicular to or at an angle to another straight line