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Fenian Photographs

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Fenian Photographs


Fenians; Cork Fenians; Fenian Rising


A collection of photographs of various members of the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) taken after the arrest of various members between 1865-1867.

The collection was acquired by Walter McGrath, a Cork local historian, and passed to the County Library. A note in the file is dated 8/10/70, and in Irish, states copies of the photographs were obtained from the 'Fenian Files' in the State Paper Office in Dublin Castle.

The main figures in Cork Fenian circles at the time were Brian Dillon, Charles Underwood O'Connell, James O'Connor, John Lynch, J.J. Geary and John Kenealy. There was much Fenian activity in the city and county from 1864 onwards. But in Sept 1865 the government conducted a round up and arrest of many of the leading figures, postponing any immediate action by the organisation. However, in the spring of 1867 there was a Fenian rising, with units of men marching across the city and county. The uprising failed and resulted in a Special Commission in Cork Courthouse in May 1867. There is an account of the Fenian Rising in Cork by Walter McGrath in the Irish Sword, 1968.


Walter McGrath




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