Revolution in Ireland

“….Let no man write my epitaph: for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them. let not prejudice or ignorance asperse them. Let them and me repose in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my character; when my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done”.

Robert Emmet

“In considering the unsuccessful struggle in which my brother was engaged, many are too apt to forget the evils of the time: the grinding oppression under which the people laboured; the contempt in which public opinion was held; the policy which prevented its expression and intimidated the press. The only means then existing of stemming the torrent of corruption and oppression was tried, and they failed, but the failure . . . was not without its beneficial effects.”
— Mary Ann McCracken (sister of Henry Joy McCracken)


Timeline of main events:

The Society of the United Irishmen established.

Irish Parliament granted new powers. Relief Act of 1793.

21 September 1795 Formation of the Loyal Orange Institution (Orange Order) in County Armagh.

12 July 1796 First parade held to commemorate the Battle of the Boyne. A French fleet of 35 ships with Wolfe Tone on board tried to land at Bantry Bay but turned back by bad weather.

The Rebellion of 1798 led by Woolfe Tone.
March 1798: Arrest of members of the Leinster United Irishmen.
May 1798: Arrest and death of Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Rebellion in Midlands.
June 1798: Rebellion in Wexford. Defeat of the United Irishmen at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.
November 1798: Death of Wolfe Tone.

The Act of Union passed; to take effect from 1 January 1801.

Rising in Dublin led by Patriot Robert Emmet, who was arrested, tried, and murdered by the British.
Robert Emmet wrote the famous speech, “Let no man write my epitaph”.

History@Banagher College, Coláiste na Sionna.

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