Rev. Charles Wolfe

The grave of Rev. Charles Wolfe is inside the church walls.  Charles Wolfe was made famous by his poem “The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna”. 

He also had many more poems published in “Barrys songs of Ireland”.  He entered Trinity College in 1809 and took his B.A. Degree in 1814.  In November 1817 he ordained a minister but failed to obtain a fellowship in Trinity College.  When friends of the women he intended to marry advised her not to due to his lack of wealth he went north and settled as a curate.

IN 1821 he got ill and went to Bordeaux to try and recover his health and then in November 1822 he came to Cobh for the same reason.  He died here in 1823.

The epitaph on his tomb reads as follows:

“Here lies the remains of Reverend Charles Wolfe late curate of Donoughmore, who died at Cove 21st February 1823.  The record of his genius, piety and virtue lives in the hearts of all who knew him.

Looking to Jesus, he lived; he is not dead but sleepth”

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