Monthly Archives: November 2011

Clare Island’s 1846 Distress Call

This is a copy of a May, 1846 correspondence from Francis O’Malley of Clare Island that has been preserved in the Irish National Archives.  In it he pleads for relief for the inhabitants of Clare Island, an island off the … Continue reading

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The Famine, the American Civil War and the Fenians

John O’Mahony, who was tasked with establishing the American-based Fenian Movement.  O’Mahony derisively referred to Irish Americans as ‘tinsel patriots’ but understood the necessity of American money and influence if Ireland was to achieve independence. Although Irish had struggled, in one … Continue reading

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