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Manchester Martyrs: Allen, Larkin, and O'Brien

Manchester Martyrs: Allen, Larkin, and O'Brien [Kindle Edition]

Joseph O'Neill
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Enthralling story... thrilling account... The Nenagh Guardian 20120324

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The story of the Manchester Martyrs, Allen, Larkin, and O'Brien. The single most important event in the development of Irish nationalism before the Easter Rising of 1916.

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. About the author: Joseph O'Neill is an ex-history teacher and is now a full-time writer. He is the author of several books including 'Crime City: Manchester's Victorian Underworld'. He lives in Manchester and is of Irish extraction. He has written for leading British and Irish family history and genealogy publications including 'Ancestry', 'Family History Monthly', 'Practical Family History', 'Who Do You Think You Are?', 'Your Family Tree' and 'Irish Roots'. CONTENTS



1 ‘Ireland Made Me’

2 Manchester: Home from Home

3 A Declaration of War

4 Manhunt

5 ‘Wild Panic’

6 ‘Hot Haste and Hot Blood’

7 ‘My Blood Will Rise’

8 Twenty-one Days

9 Valiant Souls

10 ‘Hot and Bitter Tears’

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Appendix 3

Appendix 4



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mercier Press (15 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L378FE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #492,802 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Monument Brought to Life 22 April 2012
By Fiona A
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph O'Neill's Manchester Martyrs 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History Brought to Life 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.
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