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The Life Story of an Old Rebel   By: (1843-1916)

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THE LIFE STORY OF AN OLD REBEL

BY JOHN DENVIR

AUTHOR OF "THE IRISH IN BRITAIN" "THE BRANDONS" ETC.

DUBLIN SEALY, BRYERS & WALKER 86 MIDDLE ABBEY STREET 1910

[Illustration: John Denvir]

CONTENTS.

CHAP.

I. Early Recollections "Coming Over" from Ireland

II. Distinguished Irishmen "The Nation" News paper "The Hibernians"

III. Ireland Revisited

IV. O'Connell in Liverpool Terence Bellew MacManus and the Repeal Hall The Great Irish Famine

V. The "No Popery" Mania The Tenant League The Curragh Camp

VI. The Irish Revolutionary Brotherhood Escape of James Stephens Projected Raid on Chester Castle Corydon the Informer

VII. The Rising of 1867 Arrest and Rescue of Kelly and Deasy The Manchester Martyrdom

VIII. A Digression T.D. Sullivan A National Anthem The Emerald Minstrels "The Spirit of the Nation"

IX. A Fenian Conference at Paris The Revolvers for the Manchester Rescue Michael Davitt sent to Penal Servitude

X. Rescue of the Military Fenians

XI. The Home Rule Movement

XII. The Franco Prussian War An Irish Ambulance Corps The French Foreign Legion

XIII. The Home Rule Confederation of Great Britain

XIV. Biggar and Parnell The "United Irishman" The O'Connell Centenary

XV. Home Rule in Local Elections Parnell succeeds Butt as President of the Irish Organisation in Great Britain

XVI. Michael Davitt's Return from Penal Servitude Parnell and the "Advanced" Organisation

XVII. Blockade Running Attempted Suppression of "United Ireland" William O'Brien and his Staff in Jail How Pat Egan kept the flag flying

XVIII. Patrick Egan

XIX. General Election of 1885 Parnell a Candidate for Exchange Division Retires in favour of O'Shea T.P. O'Connor elected for Scotland Division of Liverpool

XX. Gladstone's "Flowing Tide"

XXI. The "Times" Forgeries Commission

XXII. Disruption of the Irish Party Home Rule carried in the Commons Unity of Parliamentary Party Restored Mr. John Redmond becomes Leader

XXIII. The Gaelic Revival Thomas Davis Charles Gavan Duffy Anglo Irish Literature The Irish Drama, Dramatists, and Actors

XXIV. "How is Old Ireland and how does She Stand?"

~THE LIFE STORY OF AN OLD REBEL~

CHAPTER I.

EARLY RECOLLECTIONS "COMING OVER" FROM IRELAND.

I owe both the title of this book and the existence of the book itself to the suggestion of friends. I suppose a man of 76 may be called "old," although I have by no means given up the idea that I can still be of use to my country.

And a Rebel? Yes! Anything of the nature of injustice or oppression has always stirred me to resentment, and is it to be wondered at? most of all when the victims of that injustice and oppression have been my own people. And why not? If there were no rebels against wrong doing, wrong doing would prosper. To an Irishman, who is a fighter by temperament, and a fighter by choice against those in high places, life is sure to provide plenty of excitement; and that, no doubt, is why my friends have thought my recollections worth printing. The curious thing is that my share in the struggle for Irish self government has been almost entirely what I might call outpost work, for I have lived all my life in England.

Indeed, it seemed but a stroke of good luck that I was born in Ireland at all. My father (John, son of James Denvir, of Ballywalter, Lecale) came to England in the early part of the last century, and settled in Liverpool, where my eldest brother was born. It was during a brief period, when our family returned to Ireland, that I and a younger brother were born there. My father was engaged for about three years as clerk of the works for the erection of a castle for Sir Francis Macnaghten, near Bushmills, County Antrim. This must be one of the least Catholic parts of Ireland, for there was no resident priest, and I had to be taken a long distance to be christened. There was a decent Catholic workman at the castle, James MacGowan, who was my god father, and my Aunt Kitty had to come all the way from "our own place" in the County Down to be my god mother... Continue reading book >>




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