Memorial to a local politician loved by his people

The Dawson Memorial is situated between Cootehill and Rockcorry in co. Monaghan. It was erected in 1809 by the independent voters of County Monaghan in praise of their local MP Richard Dawson. Richard ‘Honest Dick’ Dawson voted against the Act of Union and was suspected of radical sympathies during the period of the United Irishmen. He lived in the nearby Dartery Estate, died at the age of 44, and had already been returned to five successive parliaments. Its design is attributed to the famous English architect James Wyatt and it would have dominated the surrounding area due to its great height.