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Decline, revival and rising
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Following the events surrounding the rescue of Thomas J. Kelly and Timothy Deasy, the execution of the Manchester Martyrs and the subsequent panic, it is difficult to estimate the strength of the Fenian movement in Manchester and elsewhere in Britain. This chapter traces the hidden history of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) in Manchester in the years following the incidents of 1867 and notes how the organization had almost faded away by the 1890s. It talks about the participation of a small group of Manchester people in the rising of 1916 and activities of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) between 1919 and 1921. The chapter outlines the gradual revival of a more militant brand of Irish nationalism, the participation of a small group of Manchester people in the rising of 1916 and activities. The persistent edginess culminated in the Dublin rising of 1916 and the subsequent War of Independence.

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The Irish in Manchester c. 1750–1921

Resistance, adaptation and identity

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