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The Invincibles and the Fenian Dynamite campaign - Podcast.


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Was just about to sit down and write a report of the conference on the Invincibles and the Phoenix Park killings of 1882 when news came through of the stabbing of that British soldier in Woolwich.

Although the context is of course very different, the immediate, details, a man hacked to death with sharp instruments, are disturbingly similar.

However, a point that Shane makes is that against the background of the Land War, the otherwise savage act in the Park makes a bit more sense. The Coercion acts allowed the Land League leaders to be locked up without trial. Whole districts could be 'proclaimed'. Just the day before the murders, in Ballina the RIC killed two young bandsmen in a riot. So in some ways it's not surprising that a militant Fenian grouping, the Invincibles decided to target those who ordered Coercion for assassination.

Nevertheless, when something similar happens in the present day I do finding myself thinking again about the justification for political violence in any circumstances.
 

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Who does these podcasts? Are they professional historians?
 

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Who does these podcasts? Are they professional historians?
Well John would be the pro! The both of us write for the Irish Story website and last year we decided to do an Irish history radio show. Near FM kindly agreed to broadcast it and provide the facilities. We have been very lucky with the guests we've got so far who have generously come in to be interviewed. The most difficult thing is making people aware of the show so forums like politics.ie have been really useful in getting them out there and getting feedback.
 

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Fantastic show and a great podcast. 19th century Ireland is incredibly interesting I am very interested in Dr Kenna's new book on the Fenian dynamite campaign War In The Shadows. What is his website?
 

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Nice one. Downloading all the previous episodes. Hope they're true!
 

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They make excellent starting points for further exploration -They are true in the sense that the people contributing believe in what they say - I haven't heard any that could be accused of being any sort of propaganda.
I'm looking forward to them. I don't doubt their sincerity.
 

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Well John would be the pro! The both of us write for the Irish Story website and last year we decided to do an Irish history radio show. Near FM kindly agreed to broadcast it and provide the facilities. We have been very lucky with the guests we've got so far who have generously come in to be interviewed. The most difficult thing is making people aware of the show so forums like politics.ie have been really useful in getting them out there and getting feedback.
Superb Podcast......thank you very much for this.
 

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