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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] O'Sullivan Burke
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 19:07:20 -0500

Interesting post from the Fenian board.

> Date: Tue, 13 Jul 1999 12:37:14 +0100
> From: "Tom Fitzsimmons" <>
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> Subject: Ricard O'Sullivan-Burke
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> Here's an interesting history that is in the Clonakilty museum as the
> caption of O'Sullivan Burke's photo.
> "Co. Ricard O'Sullivan Burke: 1838 - 1922"
> Born at Castletownkinneigh, Enniskeane, Co. Cork he joined the Cork
> Militia at the age of 16 and eventually enlisted in the Federal Army
> during the American Civil War where he excelled in engineering
> studies. He took part in many important engagements of the war and
> was discharged with the rank of Colonel. He arrived in Dublin and
> took charge of the Waterford area during the abortive uprising of
> 1867 having previously managed to collect arms for the Fenian
> movement in Liverpool. Though not directly involved he planned the
> successful rescue of Captain Timothy Deasy from the prison van in
> Manchester but was arrested for collecting arms and was sentenced to
> 15 years penal servitude. While in Clerkenwell prison an attempt
> was made to rescue him which demolished part of the prison.
> Released in 1875 he returned to America and joined Clann na Gael.
> He arranged for the American tour by Charles Stewart Parnell and
> John Dillon who were collecting funds to finance the Land League.
> Appointed City Engineer in Omaha Nebraska he was appointed to the
> same position in Chicago in 1884. Buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery
> in Chicago."

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