Easter Rising in Ireland, 1916
THE MANCHESTER MARTYRS
The IRB was reorganised in Manchester in July of 1867 and a supreme council elected. Colonel Kelly and Jim Deasy were captured by the English and then rescued by the Fenians in a daring raid in which a police officer was killed. Allen, Larkin and O’Brien were hanged for their complicity in the events and they became known as ‘The Manchester Martyrs’.
These mass funerals and events with the Land League focused the minds of the popular masses on the injustice of English rule in Ireland.