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Irish Revolutionaries of the 19th and 20th century

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Documenting lives, families and descendants of young Irish Revolutionaries involved in the movement to nationalize Ireland.


Young Ireland was a political, cultural and social movement of the mid-19th century. It led changes in Irish nationalism, including an abortive rebellion known as the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848. Many of the latter's leaders were tried for sedition and sentenced to penal transportation to Van Diemen's Land. From its beginnings in the late 1830s, Young Ireland grew in influence and inspired following generations of Irish Nationalists. The name Young Ireland was originally used in a disparaging way to describe the group of young Repeal Association members who were associated with The Nation newspaper. At the time, the Repeal Association was campaigning for the repeal of the Act of Union 1800 between the kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland. The term was first coined by the "English" press, and later used by leader Daniel O'Connell in a vindictive attack at Conciliation Hall, home of the Repeal Association.

The Irish Confederation

Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848

Irish Confederation

Sword Speech

The Battle of Widow McCormack’s Cabbage Patch

The Politics of Irish Literature

  • Thomas Davis
  • Joseph Henry Blake
  • John Blake Dillon
  • Michael Doheny
  • Charles Gavan Duffy
  • William Smith O'Brien
  • Thomas Carlyle
  • Thomas Devin Reilly
  • Daniel O'Connell
  • John Martin
  • D'Arcy McGee
  • Robert Cane
  • Patrick James Smyth
  • James Fintan Lalor
  • Terence MacManus
  • John Michel
  • Thomas Francis Meagher
  • John Pigot
  • John O'Hagan