The Bridge, Athlone

The defence of the bridge isone of the most gallant exploits in Irish history. Colonel RichardGrace, who held the position for the Jacobites, was offered security inhis estates and military honours, if he surrendered, by the Duke ofSchomberg. At night, when the offer reached the Jacobite general, he wasin his quarters, playing the familiar Irish card game of spoil-five withhis officers. The six-of-hearts happened to be the "deckhead." Gracetook it from the pack and wrote on the back, "It ill becomes a gentlemanto betray his trust," and gave it to the Williamite messenger. The"six-of-hearts" is still known as "The Grace's Card," especially inKilkenny, where the general's estates were.

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