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    Father Mathew Statue

    Saint Patrick Street
    Cork,
    +353 21 427 3251
    This bronze statue is one of the most prominent features of Patrick Street and one of the city's best-known landmarks. It was erected to the memory of Father Theobald Matthew, the so-called "Apostle of Temperance". Cast by John Henry Foley, it was unveiled in 1864 by John Maguire, founder of the Cork Examiner, and overlooks St Patrick's Bridge and the River Lee. Father Mathew [1790-1856] was well known in Cork for his work among the poor and later for his involvement in the temperance movement. Although remarkably successful in reducing the proliferation of alcohol consumption, his primary focus remained in improving the wretched living conditions of the town's pre-famine poor. His health fading, he spent his last days in the nearby port of Queenstown, now renamed Cobh.
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