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The Kellys and the O'Kellys   By: (1815-1882)

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E text prepared by Andrew Turek and revised and annotated by Joseph E. Loewenstein, M.D.





I. The Trial II. The Two Heiresses III. Morrison's Hotel IV. The Dunmore Inn V. A Loving Brother VI. The Escape VII. Mr Barry Lynch Makes a Morning Call VIII. Mr Martin Kelly Returns to Dunmore IX. Mr Daly, the Attorney X. Dot Blake's Advice XI. The Earl of Cashel XII. Fanny Wyndham XIII. Father and Son XIV. The Countess XV. Handicap Lodge XVI. Brien Boru XVII. Martin Kelly's Courtship XVIII. An Attorney's Office in Connaught XIX. Mr Daly Visits the Dunmore Inn XX. Very Liberal XXI. Lord Ballindine at Home XXII. The Hunt XXIII. Dr Colligan XXIV. Anty Lynch's Bed Side; Scene the First XXV. Anty Lynch's Bed Side; Scene the Second XXVI. Love's Ambassador XXVII. Mr Lynch's Last Resource XXVIII. Fanny Wyndham Rebels XXIX. The Countess of Cashell in Trouble XXX. Lord Kilcullen Obeys His Father XXXI. The Two Friends XXXII. How Lord Kilcullen Fares in His Wooing XXXIII. Lord Kilcullen Makes Another Visit to the Book Room XXXIV. The Doctor Makes a Clean Breast of It XXXV. Mr Lynch Bids Farewell to Dunmore XXXVI. Mr Armstrong Visits Grey Abbey on a Delicate Mission XXXVII. Veni; Vidi; Vici XXXVIII. Wait Till I Tell You XXXIX. It Never Rains but It Pours XL. Conclusion


During the first two months of the year 1844, the greatest possible excitement existed in Dublin respecting the State Trials, in which Mr O'Connell, [1] his son, the Editors of three different repeal newspapers, Tom Steele, the Rev. Mr Tierney a priest who had taken a somewhat prominent part in the Repeal Movement and Mr Ray, the Secretary to the Repeal Association, were indicted for conspiracy. Those who only read of the proceedings in papers, which gave them as a mere portion of the news of the day, or learned what was going on in Dublin by chance conversation, can have no idea of the absorbing interest which the whole affair created in Ireland, but more especially in the metropolis. Every one felt strongly, on one side or on the other. Every one had brought the matter home to his own bosom, and looked to the result of the trial with individual interest and suspense.

[FOOTNOTE 1: The historical events described here form a backdrop to the novel. Daniel O'Connell (1775 1847) came from a wealthy Irish Catholic family. He was educated in the law, which he practiced most successfully, and developed a passion for religious and political liberty. In 1823, together with Lalor Sheil and Thomas Wyse, he organized the Catholic Association, whose major goal was Catholic emancipation. This was achieved by act of parliament the following year. O'Connell served in parliament in the 1830's and was active in the passage of bills emancipating the Jews and outlawing slavery. In 1840 he formed the Repeal Association, whose goal was repeal of the 1800 Act of Union which joined Ireland to Great Britain. In 1842, after serving a year as Lord Mayor of Dublin, O'Connell challenged the British government by announcing that he intended to achieve repeal within a year. Though he openly opposed violence, Prime Minister Peel's government considered him a threat and arrested O'Connell and his associates in 1843 on trumped up charges of conspiracy, sedition, and unlawfule assembly. They were tried in 1844, and all but one were convicted, although the conviction was later overturned in the House of Lords... Continue reading book >>

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