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    Joseph O'Neill(Author)

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A thrilling account of the events surrounding the execution of three Fenians known as the Manchester Martyrs. Their execution during a turbulent period of Irish history in 1867 united the Irish people in a patriotic fervour and outrage not matched until 1916. The events surrounding the dramatic rescue of Fenian leaders (resulting in the Martyrs' execution) attracted worldwide attention and sparked anti-British protests across the globe. Their trial is one of the most infamous British court cases of the nineteenth century and their hanging was Britain's last public multiple execution. In 2006 Bertie Ahern announced that the Irish government would grant the Martyrs a full state funeral and re-inter them in a grave at Glasnevin Cemetery. The plan foundered because their remains could not be located at that time. This book reveals the location of the remains and explains why they will never be returned to Ireland.

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Joseph O'Neill(Author)
  • The Mercier Press Ltd (1 Mar. 2012)
  • English
  • 8
  • History

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  • By Fiona A on 22 April 2012

    This proved to be a fascinating and absorbing read.I came to this book already aware of the `story' of the Manchester Martyrs as an `event' in the struggle of the Irish to gain Home Rule and with some pre-existing knowledge and understanding of the political and social factors affecting the Irish both in Ireland and England at the time. However, this was not required. This book powerfully brought to life the events and personalities of 1867 setting them in the context of life in the Irish ghetto of 19th Century Manchester and beyond.The author's powerful storytelling ability draws you into the lives of the key characters yet you never lose sight of the fact that this is a work of historical importance and accuracy. The recounting not only, of the events that led to the public execution of three men but of the controversy and ire that has surrounded the commemoration of their deaths will resonate with members of any immigrant, refugee population.This hugely accessible read will, I'm sure, appeal to you whether because of an interest in Irish history or social and political history of the 19th Century or indeed an interest in the history of Manchester.

  • By King Eric on 22 June 2012

    I am from Manchester of Irish extraction and i had heard briefly of the Manchester Martyrs but had never understood what an important event it was until reading this book. The Author gives a fairly unbiased account of the events that led to 3 irish men being hanged in Manchester in 1867 following the death of an innocent Police Sergeant who was killed during an attempt to rescue 2 Nationalist Leaders from Police Custody who had led a failed uprising in Ireland and were arrested on the run in Manchester. The Author gives a good historical background to the events of 1867 and the subsequent court proceedings and the impact of the event down the years. Highly recommended. An important event in Irish Manchester history.

  • By Helen K. on 20 April 2012

    Joe O'Neill takes the details and characters of this little-told piece of Manchester's history and fashions a narrative of compelling fascination.The history of the Irish in England is explained in an engaging, informative style which manages to provide a balanced description of the social structures and the Irish freedom movement in 19th century England. That same style reveals the historian's knowledge of the facts and his understanding of the people caught up in this powerful human drama.Anyone with an interest in the history of Manchester wil be impressed by the depth of research which clearly shows why and how the city grew; there are enough quotes and references to equip the reader with an insight into the lives of those who helped to propel Manchester to the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. Amongst them grew up a large community of Irish refugees from famine. Appalling conditions and social exclusion helped to harden feelings of resentment and injustice.The author's use of material from contemporary sources makes even more enthralling the events of 1867, including as they do, murder, betrayal, political intrigue and international outrage. This book fills an important gap by enabling a wider appreciation of the historical thread stretching from before 1916 through Partition and the creation of the Free State.There is a narrative drive in The Manchester Martyrs which will reward any one who appreciates high quality historical writing. Academics also will be drawn to this book and be rewarded by their examination of a richly detailed account.

  • By Marian Burton on 21 April 2012

    This is a meticulously-researched book which effortlessly melds an academically rigorous approach with a storyteller's genius for creating characters and evoking atmosphere. The reader is transported into the murky world of 19th (and 20th!) Century Irish/English politics, can readily identify with the protagonists on both sides, and comes away with a much better understanding of the uneasy and at times traumatic relationship between the two countries. The depiction of 19th Century Manchester and the growth of the City is illuminating for any social historian. A gripping and stimulating read.

  • By Alex D on 26 April 2012

    Joseph O'Neill accomplishes a perfect balance between historical research and fascinating narrative in this compelling true tale or "terrorism" or "martyrdom" depending on your political viewpoint. Sensibly, O'Neill leaves the reader to decide that for themselves, reporting events that veer from macabre farce to poignant tragedy with verve and and, in places, a healthy cynicism. Ultimately, this is a story of underlying human tragedy, and although O'Neill clearly sympathises with the "martyrs" on a human level, he does not allow that sympathy to cloud his detachment as a historian.Although O'Neill doesn't labour them, from time to time there are unsettling parallels between some of the events described and more recent horrors. The vivid picture O'Neil paints of a mob, some armed, swarming over and around the prison van in which a prison guard died and which forms the pivotal moment of the narrative, has uncomfortable echoes of the death of two soldiers at the hands of a republican mob in 1988. Similarly, the febrile anti-Irish atmosphere and accompanying hysteria stoked by the media and provoking a response more akin to revenge than justice, seem remarkably contemporary.But, ultimately, the reader needs no knowledge of the history or the politics, nor, indeed of Manchester to derive pleasure fom this book. O'Neill's telling turns what could have been viewed as a historical footnote into a sequence of consequential events the implications and repercussions of which transcend the time and place in which they occurred.


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