The sculpture “Angel of the Past” is by a local artist, Patrick Morris, carved from a sycamore tree which stood here when Charles Stewart Parnell addressed the people of Kells about land rights for Irish tenants and Home Rule.
On the evening of that particular day in Kells, he rreceived an unexpectedly large ovation from the crowd.
After addressing them he was carried on their shoulders to his carriage accompanied by enthusiastic cheering and the strains of a brass band playing national airs. He and his party were then able to drive only a short way before the crowd removed the horse from the traces and drew the vehicle themselves. ‘Kells’, wrote the Nation afterwards, ‘lit the fire and the whole county quickly caught flame.’