Grand­daugh­ter wel­comes Mul­vey name on river walk

Bray People - - NEWS - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

THE grand­daugh­ter of the late Wil­liam Mul­vey has wel­comed a de­ci­sion to name a river walk at the Dar­gle af­ter her grand­fa­ther, and his brother Stephen ‘Stee­nie’ Mul­vey.

Stephen fought in the Easter Ris­ing of 1916, while Wil­liam was in the Bri­tish army and was a sol­dier in the First World War.

The fam­ily lived at St Brigid’s Ter­race along the Dar­gle Road, over­look­ing Peo­ple’s Park where a gar­den of re­mem­brance was in­stalled last year in hon­our of the 100th an­niver­sary of the 1916 Ris­ing.

Mem­bers of Bray Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict de­cided at a re­cent meet­ing to name the route af­ter the two broth­ers. Their brother Ni­co­las was also in­volved in the 1916 Ris­ing, tasked with tak­ing down tele­phone poles.

Cather­ine Mul­vey is a na­tive of Lon­don and lives in Fer­managh. She has taken a great in­ter­est in the his­tory of her fam­ily.

‘I never knew my grand­fa­ther Wil­liam Mul­vey,’ she said. Wil­liam died in 1918.

‘I started out with just a photo, a medal and a name,’ said Cather­ine.

Wil­liam was born in April of 1882, the youngest of seven chil­dren.

Cather­ine found out that Wil­liam was pre­sented with a Royal So­ci­ety Hu­mane Award by Lord Meath in 1906 for sav­ing lives dur­ing a flood­ing in Bray in 1905.

Wil­liam mar­ried Cather­ine Berns in July 1907, when he was 25 and she was 28. They had a daugh­ter, May, who was born in 1911. Their son Wil­liam was born in 1915, af­ter Wil­liam had en­listed in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

‘ The chances are he was off do­ing train­ing around the time my father was born,’ said Cather­ine. Wil­liam was sent to France in De­cem­ber 1915.

He was in bat­tles such as Hul­luck, Guille­mont and Ginchy.

He was a lance sergeant in the ninth bat­tal­ion. Cather­ine be­lieves this was be­cause he was al­ready in his 30s at this time, and the younger men would have looked up to him.

Af­ter Ginchy, Wil­liam got trench fever which made him ter­ri­bly ill. He was sent home to the bar­racks in Kil­dare, be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Mullingar.

There he got the Span­ish flu and it killed him in five days. He did in Oc­to­ber 1918, just six weeks be­fore the end of the war.

Stee­nie Mul­vey walked from Bray to Dublin to take up arms in the Ris­ing. He was at Boland’s Mill and the GPO.

He was one of the stretcher bear­ers that got James Con­nolly out. He got shot in the con­flict but man­aged to make his way back to Bray some days later.

Stee­nie was a lo­cal hero. In Au­gust 1915 he res­cued a girl who fell 30 feet off the bridge into the river. He was also a Bray Em­mets star.

The nam­ing of the walkway went out to public con­sul­ta­tion this year. Mem­bers ul­ti­mately agreed on ‘Mul­vey Way;.

Cllr Bren­dan Thorn­hill, who cham­pi­oned the cause, said that Stee­nie was a mem­ber of Bray Ur­ban Coun­cil, and that he had won an All-Ire­land medal. He had jumped off the Dar­gle Bridge to save a woman’s life, and was also in­volved with the trade union move­ment.

Cllr Thorn­hill said that, with Wil­liam Mul­vey join­ing the Bri­tish Army, the fam­ily was di­vided. ‘At that time it must have been a very hard thing to do,’ said Cllr Thorn­hill.

Lance Sergeant Wil­liam Mul­vey

Cather­ine M Mul­vey.

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