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Fenians, martyrs and memories
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This chapter analyses the evolution of the commemoration rituals for the Manchester Martyrs, executed in November 1867. From the late 1850s to the early 1870s the Fenian movement would retain a fair amount of support in Ireland and Britain, after the Manchester Martyrs incident of 1867, which was to become the most enduring public commemoration in the nationalist tradition. The chapter traces how the events of the 1916 Dublin rising unnerved moderate nationalists in the city until by 1920 the ritual was passing into the control of Sinn Féin and its local support group. In so doing it was able to insert a more confident and assertive form of Irish nationalism into the traditions and public spaces of the city. But by the early years of the new century there were also indications in Manchester that the new dimension of Irish nationalism was making its presence felt in the city.

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The Irish in Manchester c. 1750–1921

Resistance, adaptation and identity


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