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Katherine Fennelly

William Farrell was in his twenties during the uprising in Ireland in 1798. Living in the south-east, an area of particular agitation, Farrell witnessed the unrest in his native Carlow and became a reluctant participant in an event which led ultimately to the hanging of eleven men in the town. His memoirs of the event, Carlow in ’98 , were published posthumously in 1949 , edited by Irish academic Roger McHugh. The memoirs were written between 1835 and 1845 with all of the benefit of hindsight and no small degree of what McHugh referred

in An archaeology of lunacy