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Manchester Tragedy - Part 1

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    Irish Catholic Chronicle And People s News of the Week Dublin, Ireland Saturday, 30 November 1867 THE MANCHESTER TRAGEDY Contrary to our most recent hopes and
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      Irish Catholic Chronicle And People's News of the Week
      Dublin, Ireland
      Saturday, 30 November 1867

      THE MANCHESTER TRAGEDY
      Contrary to our most recent hopes and prayers, those of the Fenian
      prisoners at Manchester - Allen, Larkin and Gould (or O'Brien) have been put
      to death, nominally for the murder of Sergeant Brett, but really for the
      successful rescue of the Fenian leaders Colonel Kelly and Captain Deasy. The
      political scaffold has thus, after the lapse of half a century, been once
      more raised in England. It is well understood, and will be dearly remembered
      hereafter, that these men were put to a horrible death because they were
      Irishmen and because they strove to the best of their knowledge and power to
      win their country's independence. Had that country been England - and not
      Ireland, their reward had been, not the gallows, but the Spectator tells us
      "something very like admiration and sympathy." It is not a question for
      discussion - blood is thicker than water, and millions of Irishmen feel that
      a great public crime has been committed, not the less odious because of its
      base hypocrisy. Had those men or any others been tried, convicted, and
      hanged for treason, the curse of the British government, however cruel and
      unwise, would at all events have been straightforward. But public hypocrisy
      has ever been a great British talent, and in this case the utmost advantage
      has been made of it. The common sense of the world will, however, scout with
      contempt the false pretence that three men were executed for murder. Mankind
      indeed will be apt to characterise by the foul name of murder, not the
      casual death of the policeman, but the deliberate and dastardly slaughter of
      the Fenian victims. At all events Irishmen and have but one feeling
      regarding this odious crime, and all who have committed, advised, abetted,
      or rejoined at it. Nor is it a feeling that will quickly pass away. In that
      miserable five minutes on the scaffold of Manchester a deed was done that
      has sundered Englishmen and Irishmen for this generation.
      "There rolls between us a great sea of blood."
      In one day the political relations between the two countries have
      retrograded half a century. Ireland cannot forgive that wanton and cruel
      bloodshed. England must account for the lives of these three men, humble
      though they were. Millions who know nothing of Fenianism feel for these men
      as if they were their own kindred foully murdered. God knows we do not
      exaggerate. Men who resisted with their whole strength the Fenian movement -
      priests who denounced it from the altar - have shed hot and bitter tears
      over this deed of blood. Could it be otherwise while they had the hearts of
      Irishmen in their bosoms? The government have committed a great - a fearful-
      an irreparable mistake. The problem of Irish disaffection and Irish misery,
      always difficult, they have made well night hopeless.


      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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