|George built a find Georgian house on the hill of Muckloon overlooking
Lough Carra sometime between 1790 and 1795. The latter date appears
on the plinth over the parapet.
1795 was also the year of the foundation of Maynooth College, a Roman Catholic seminary near Dublin. It was a time of significant religious and political upheaval in Ireland, and on the continent too,which reached its climax in the French Revolution, 1798. The English had discovered that the Catholic Church was much more afraid of French-American Egalitarian Republicanism than it was of the Establishment Protestantism, and George Moore was of a Whig Catholic persuasion (ie, a Liberal). When the union controversy came to a head (creating a political union between Ireland and the other countries of Britian, governed from London) he supported Castlereagh's pro-union view in a letter. "It will improve trade and commerce between the islands"he said.
George's views do not seem to have been shared by his elder son John. He had studied in Liege and Paris and appears to have accepted the principles of the French Revolution.
J. M. Hone in his Moores of Moorehall lumps him with many other United Irishmen as being motivated by an aversion to an honest days work. Hone produces nothing to support this view. It would seem to be based on Hone's anti-Irish prejudices rather than any evidence.
Alec McDonnell, later the steward in Moorehall was born in 1832 . In his early life he knew many people who remembered the events of 1798 and some who took part in these events. In the year 1924 or thereabouts I remember Alec sitting in our kitchen telling of how "Mr. John" and a "big gang" of men left Moorehall "to join the French".
Mrs. Judy Higgins (born Judy Mulhaire) remembered her grandfather who as a young man saw the Moores come to Moorehall. Here is what she said in or about 1924 - 25.
"He (her grandfather) used to be saying that John Moore was a hidden silent man, not making free with people he met. George was a more friendly man. When John was joining the rebels he brought one of the Philbins and two of the Mailyes (O'Malleys) and a whole crowd of men with him. They met down below the gate (what gate?). His father was against the rebels. John was a fine man with yellow hair and broad shoulders".
This picture of John Moore did not seem to be to be very much more than posthumous flattery of a revered name until in 1962 John Moore's bones were exhumed in Ballygunnermore Cemetery outside Waterford. Two doctors agreed that the bones indicated a man of about six feet with broad shoulders and a broad face.
John was captured and tried before several courts, but Spanish influence earned him a reprieve from the gallows in spite of the efforts of Denis Browne (the Irish Chief Justice, commonly known as Soap the Rope). He was sentenced to transportation and died in the Royal Oak Tavern in Waterford. On exhumation (in 1962) the left jaw bone was broken. How? Did he die a natural or hardship induced death? This question can not be answered, but history records that John Moore was the Republican President of Connaught - if only briefly. That is his place in the history of Ireland.