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Memorial Brick Campaign Sponsored by Fenian Women’s Auxiliary
John C. O’Neill, Civil War hero, Irish freedom fighter, Fenian. His military actions affected the course of nations on two continents. His later efforts brought colonies of immigrants from crowded Eastern cities, to settle on the prairies of Nebraska. This enduring legacy still provides welcoming communities of freedom-loving people.
It is befitting that a man who did so much for his adopted country, as well as his native one, has this place in history honored.
Renowned Western Artist, Herb Mignery, a native of Bartlett, NE now based in Loveland CO, has accepted this commission and is creating a life-sized bronze sculpture. The Holt County Board of Supervisors approved placing the sculpture on the lawn of the courthouse in O’Neill, the town that bears his name.
In 2017, a fund was started to bring about this project. A Nebraska family which included 2 former mayors of the city, provided the first donations. The Fenian Women’s Auxiliary, a 501(c)(3) charity, began fundraising in 2019. In addition, colonists led by the General were part of the earliest settlements in Atkinson & Emmet. Greeley County homesteaders were among his followers as well.
Now, everyone can join in this honoring of John O’Neill’s dedication to bettering the lives of others. Contributing a commemorative brick, to be placed around the base, will help make this vision a reality.
PLEASE apply for bricks in the names of individuals, families, clubs, school classes, churches, etc. There will be opportunities later for Commercial Businesses to become involved. Contact us below if questions.
Click here to try out your inscription, on our Virtual Brick Tool! NOTE: the actual font used will be Lucidia Sans. The 25 clipart choices are shown below, and are not available to try on the Virtual Brick Tool.
For additional information regarding our engraved brick campaign please contact
Natalie Butterfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-336-8221.