THE MANCHESTER MARTYRS
My research and interest in this fascinating story began when I came across this original photograph of the monument to the 3 Irish patriots whom became known as the Manchester Martyrs. I found this photograph in Brimfield, Massachusetts, which was taken in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland around when the monument was dedicated in 1903.
At a time when Irish Nationalism was at a high and the fight for independence from Britain was escalating more and more, this incident made the head lines in a big way. There were three men by the names of William Philip Allen, Michael Larkin & Michael O’Brien whom were members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, an organization dedicated to freeing Ireland from the reign of England, which had been enforcing its “laws” onto the Emerald Isle for hundreds of years. In 1867, the trio were executed for the murder of a police officer in Manchester during an incident where…
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