At two o'clock in the afternon of Wednesday, 22 August 1798, just over 1000 French troops landed at Kilcummin Strand, Co. Mayo, to launch a rebellion in the name of liberty in the west of Ireland. Reinforced by several thousand raw recruits, the small army made sensational progress intially, capturing Ballina and defeating a government force nearly twice its strength in a spectacular victory at Castlebar. It all ended in tragedy, however, at Ballinamuck, Co. Longford, on 8 September, where after a token fight, the French were made prisoners of war. The Irish who had accompanied them were slaughtered mercilessly, and a wave of ruthless repression in Mayo ensued.
This book is concerned with the personalities who became involved in these events, ranging from General Humbert himself to more colourful figures such as 'Citzen', John Moore and Baron Vippler O'Dowda on the rebel side, and General Lake, Bishop Stock and Denis 'The Rope' Browne on the government side. The eleven essays, written by leading scholars, include accounts of significant figures such as Bartholomew Teeling, James Joseph Mac Donnell and Fr. Manus Sweeney, as well as examining folk memory of the events and the experiences of the United Irishmen transported to Australia. The book is introduced by Harman Murtagh and the contributors are Guy Beiner, Patrick Comerford, John Cooney, Desmond Mac Cabe, Conor Mac Hale, Ruán O'Donnell, James Quinn and Christopher J. Woods.
Victory or Glorious Defeat
- Publisher: Dr. Sheila Mulloy
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