Archive for May 6th, 2012

May 6,

Phoenix Park Murders. Irish Penal Laws. Nativist Riots

May 6: TODAY in Irish History:


Today in Irish History: Curated by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks

Chicago Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.



1728: Catholics lose the right to vote. Between 1695-1728, Britain introduced harsher and harsher laws in Ireland aimed at the Catholic population.  These laws included:

Restricting the rights of Catholics to education

Preventing Catholics from buying land

Preventing Catholics from holding public positions

Preventing Catholics from entering the legal profession

Catholics did not earn any major level of suffrage or the right to election until 1829 when Daniel O’Connell’s election in County Clare forced through the Catholic Emancipation Act.

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1844: Irish Catholics in the Kensington slum area of Philadelphia are attacked by a mob of Nativists, a group of virulent anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant activists whose philosophy permeated much of American Protestant society at the time. The riots last for a number of days.

1882: Assassination of the newly appointed Chief Secretary of Ireland Lord Frederick Cavendish and his under secretary T.H. Burke. The chief secretary had arrived in Dublin only that day and was walking in the city’s Phoenix Park in the evening when set upon by members of a nationalist secret society, the Invincibles.

The event occurred just after Charles Stewart Parnell, leader of the Irish Home Rule Party in the British House of Commons, was released from prison. Parnell spoke out loudly against the murders which shocked English society and received very little support in Ireland. One of the leaders of the Invincibles James Carter turned States evidence which resulted in convictions and the hanging of five of the gang.

Lord Cavendish

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