Manchester Martyrs lecture
American Bob Bateman, who gave a talk a few years ago in Clonakilty on his great-granduncle, Capt Timothy Deasy, a Fenian who was born near Ring, is returning to Clonakilty next week to speak on “The Manchester Martyrs – West Cork connections”.
The public lecture, organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage will be held at The Parish Centre on Thursday July 4th at 8.30pm.
On 18th September 1867 about 50 Irish Fenians attacked a prison van guarded by a large number of unarmed police in Manchester, England. Their aim was to release two important Fenian prisoners, Thomas J. Kelly and Timothy Deasy, who was born near Ring, Clonakilty.
In the course of freeing the men, an unarmed police sergeant, Charles Brett, was shot dead. 26 men were eventually tried for their part in the attack and William Allen from Bandon, Michael O’Brien from Ballymacoda and Michael Larkin from Banagher, who subsequently became known as the ‘Manchester Martyrs’, were hanged in front of an estimated 10,000 people on 23rd November 1867 for their part in the raid. The events surrounding the attack became part of Irish nationalist folklore.
Bob Bateman is a great -grandnephew of Timothy Deasy, one of the prisoners in the prison van, and is the author of many national and international articles on Irish history and is an internationally recognised authority on the Fenian movement. He is a retired colonel in the New York Guard serving on the General Staff, Army Division Headquarters as the Deputy Chief of staff for Intelligence and is the Past Deputy Commander of the 88th Brigade, (Headquarters, New York City).
He has 15 years Federal Service with the United States Department of the Treasury and has also served as a Front Line Law Enforcement Officer for the Hampton, New Hampshire Police Department for 9 years. A former Director of the Irish National Caucus and a fourth generation member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Bob and his family was a close friend of General Tom Barry, a cousin of Liam and Patrick Deasy, and a distant relative of the Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa.
He has extensively researched his Fenian ancestry and its connection with Clonakilty and West Cork. On 18 June 2019, Bob was awarded the ‘Irish American Peace Prize’ from the Irish National Caucus, Washington, D.C.
The lecture is open to the public and takes place at 8.30pm on Thursday 4th July at the Parish Centre.
Further information on Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DuchasClon
PHOTO: Newly installed Mayor of Clonakilty, Michael O’ Neill, Jnr., at last Thursday evenings public ceremony, with his fellow Mayors in front for the next five years. From left: Chris Hinchy, (2023-'24); Anthony McDermott, (2021-'22); current Deputy Mayor Pádraig O' Reilly, (2020-’21) and Paddy McCarthy, (2022-'23). At back, the four now retired Mayors who had served along with Anthony McDermott over the last five years, from left: Colette Twomey; Gretta O’ Donovan; John M. Loughnan and Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin. (Photo: Anna Groniecka Photography)
Michael O’ Neill, Jnr., was installed as the new "Mayor of Clonakilty" at a pleasant public ceremony at Asna Square last Thursday 6th June. In glorious sunshine, and with a large crowd assembled, the outgoing Mayor, Gretta O' Donovan, led her four colleagues - Deputy Mayor Colette Twomey, Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, Anthony McDermott and John Loughnan from O' Donovan's Hotel and arrived to great applause at Asna Square.
A few minutes later, the Mayor asked people to welcome the members of the newly-elected Mayoral Council for the coming five years. They too arrived from O' Donovan's Hotel, and were led by the incoming Mayor Michael O' Neill and his colleagues in order of election - Deputy Mayor Pádraig O' Reilly, Paddy McCarthy and Chris Hinchy. There was great applause too for them and they shook hands with the outgoing Mayors and stood beside them under the chestnut tree.