Skip to comments.Irish Republican terrorists plotted to kidnap Queen Victoria from Balmoral and hold her hostage..
Posted on 01/13/2014 6:53:55 AM PST by C19fan
rish Republicans plotted to kidnap Queen Victoria at Balmoral to help free prisoners, it has emerged. The desperate and daring terrorists wanted to take the Queen from her Scottish estate and hold her hostage in a shabby cottage, according to newly-released records. The rifle-wielding gang from Salford, Greater Manchester, intended to keep her until the government agreed to release Republicans from prisons across Britain and Ireland.
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Wascelly Weepublicans at it again?
Had that been 50 years later, Michael Collins’ boys might’ve pulled that off.
First of all the Daily Mail has it wrong —the Irish independence group running around at the time were called the Fenians or the Fenian Brotherhood, the IRA or Irish Republican Brotherhood started later —closer to 1916. All had similar roots that sprung from the United Irishmen in 1798, but by the time the IRA came into being, a good deal of socialism crept in due to the influence of James Connolly, Jim Larkin (labor movement) The Fenians had gotten tremendous support from the Irish in America —all in all their efforts ended in failure. By the mid 1860s Ireland was decimated from the potato blight (late 1840s), Catholics were allowed to publicly worship although they still had to pay a tithe to the Anglican Church and by the time 1916 rolled around many Irish would have been satisfied with some kind of Home Rule except that the Brits dealt with the 1916 rebels so brutally that it changed public opinion in Dublin.
As screwed up as the history of English and Irish ‘relations’ are, you learn one thing when you move to England or Ireland, if you’re not from there or didn’t have direct involvement, they aren’t interested in your opinions and your best keep them to yourself. The fight still simmers just beneath the surface, and retribution and attacks still continue. It not a Catholic vs Protestant thing, its nationalism and the fight to be free
I totally agree. I was in Ireland in '99, and most Irish still have a degree of loathing for the British. Centuries of foreign occupation (1/5 of which is still occurring) will do that.
Was this at a time when English laws still gave the death penalty for possession of a book written in Irish Gaelic?
been to N. Ireland a few times—right —no one is fighting over theology. Yes, Sinn Fein is very much a socialist party—not really Marxist, but socialist. The Unionist parties pretty much run the gamut from an economic standpoint. Other than being anti-IRA and wanting to remain under Britain, everything else is rather fuzzy. From an economic point of view, the Unionist protestants in the last two generations (30-35 years)have been screwed harder than the catholics. The protestants always had the shipyards and a few other big industries they could depend on for work (in addition to bigoted hiring practices). Now all that has dried up. Many catholics have gone on to university and the tech fields. If they’re getting hired in Ireland Britain —they can go elsewhere. It’s kind of like when those really sweet jobs in the auto industry were humming in the states—you didn’t need a college degree, you got a job there as your father did before you. Now that’s all bye bye.
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