Dundalk’s famous characters, ‘Wee Georgie’ and Barry Evans, were remembered at a special night in the County Museum recently.
The evening was arranged by Revd Stanley Milne and featured musical reminiscences by Jimmy Johnston.
George Casey or ‘Wee Georgie’, was reputed to be 111 years-old when he died in November 1968. He played his melodeon and told stories to local children. He made money by collecting empty bottles.
It is thought he came from Cork and had been widowed. It is said he visited Dundalk for a football match but never left the town after that. He was honoured as a centenarian in 1957 by President Sean T O’Kelly.
He spent the last years of his life in St Oliver’s Hospital. Following his death in 1968 he was buried in an unmarked grave in St Patrick’s Cemetery. Years later, following a fundraising drive by Revd Milne, a headstone was placed on the grave.
Not far from where Wee Georgie was laid to rest is the grave of another of Dundalk’s characters Barry Evans, an Australian had set up home in a metal shoe box on the streets of Dundalk. He was buried in Dundalk, thanks to a circle of friends. Again thanks to Revd Milne’s involvement, a headstone was erected.