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Mervyn Busteed

successively a union secretary, a founder of unions, the editor of a series of short-lived newspapers, a bookseller and a printer. He was also active in support of parliamentary reform, repeal of the union between Ireland and Britain, working-class education and temperance and served two prison terms for his various activities. A devout Catholic, he actively championed Catholic rights, including the emancipation campaign, though working-class interests clearly took precedence. His effort to set up the Manchester and Salford Catholic Association in May 1824, linking Irish

in The Irish in Manchester c. 1750–1921
Richard Keogh
James McConnel

him a suitable representative of the people of Wexford owing to his stance after 1829.52 Esmonde’s loyalty, however, was not unconditional. In 1844, when officers of the crown struck the names of Irish Catholics off a special jury selected to act on state trials, Esmonde joined with a number of laymen in protesting to the crown. On this occasion, he revealed that in 1829 he had hoped that the emancipation campaign would see the end of Catholic agitation, though even then he had accepted that further efforts might be necessary if Catholics were not afforded religious

in Irish Catholic identities
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The textual ruins of The Milesian chief
Christina Morin

otherwise – in the first two decades of the nineteenth century. 44 Anglo-Irish writers in particular, in dealing with the violence of 1798, frequently turned to the 1641 rebellion as proof that the past was repeating itself. In this supposition, they seemed justified when faced with the 1803 rebellion and, later, the fomentation of the Emancipation campaign. Such repetitions were clearly on Maturin’s mind in writing The

in Charles Robert Maturin and the haunting of Irish Romantic fiction
The Albigenses as historical novel
Christina Morin

-Irish population. By the time The Albigenses had been published, in fact, a kind of paper war was already being waged on both sides of the sectarian divide about the true aim of the Catholic Emancipation campaign. Pamphlets such as the 1823 An address to the Protestant gentry of Ireland , by ‘a clergyman of the Established Church’, accused Ireland’s Catholic population and its apologists of attempting not

in Charles Robert Maturin and the haunting of Irish Romantic fiction