Val Noone’s Walking Tour of Melbourne General Cemetery
On Saturday 15th July at the Melbourne General Cemetery, a few members of the Celtic Club had the pleasure of touring Melbourne with historian, Val Noone. This event was pioneered by Prof. Ronan McDonald and Fergal Coleman who worked together to bring their idea to fruition. Val’s vast knowledge offers incredible insight into the lives of our fellow Irishman over the last 200 years in Melbourne.
The tour visited a number of influential Irish who have since passed away and have graves in Melbourne General Cemetery, to name a few:
- Morgan Jaguers and Bridget Jaguers, they were well known monumental masons, Gaelic Revivalists and their eldest son John Davitt Jaguers was killed in France in 1916.
- Redmond Barry – co-founder of Melbourne Library and Melbourne University. Judge of Ned Kelly.
- Peter Lalor – miner’s leader at Eureka and brother of Fintan.
There aren’t many people today with the knowledge to be able to talk about our fellow Irishmen who made Melbourne their home, made an impact on the city and it’s people. We thank Val for his time on this day and his generosity to share his knowledge and experience with us and the broader Irish community.
Whilst a small number of members were lucky enough to experience this firsthand on the tour, a video of the day has been put together for your viewing, compliments of the Celtic Club and we hope you find it as fascinating as we did.
We hope this will be the first of many walking tours of Melbourne hosted by the Celtic Club.