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From: dan hogan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Fwd: The Story of the Land League Revolution.
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 20:32:26 -0700 (PDT)


>From the Tipperary list:


> The Fall of Feudalism in Ireland or The Story of the
> Land League Revolution.
>
> Michael Davitt. 1904.
>
>
> THE IRISH-RACE CONVENTION
>
> The Irish race convention assembled in Leinster
> Hall,
> Dublin, on September 1, 2, 3, 1896, under the
> presidency of
> the Most Rev. Dr. O'Donnell, Bishop of Raphoe. Some
> two thousand two hundred and fifty representative
> persons
> took part in the proceedings; the National
> Federation of
> Ireland, and auxiliary organizations in Great
> Britain, the
> United States, Canada, the Australian colonies, New
> Zealand,
> and South Africa, being represented by duly
> credentialled
> delegates.
>
> The delegates from distant countries were :
>
> United States of America.
>
> T. C. Boland, Scranton, Pennsylvania;
> Hon. William L. Brown, New York;
> John Cashman, Manchester, New Hampshire;
> M. J. Cooney,Montana;
> Patrick Cox, Rochester, New York;
> John B. Devlin, Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania;
> James Duggan, Norwich, Connecticut;
> Patrick Dunleavy, Philadelphia Council, N. F.;
> Rev. D. W. Fitzgerald, Manchester, New Hampshire;
> Martin Fitzgerald, Manchester, New Hampshire;
> P. Gallagher, New York;
> John Guiney, Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania;
> Anthony Kelly, Minneapolis, Minnesota;
> Edward Mackin, Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania;
> Hon. Martin McMahon, New York;
> Rev. George F. Marshall, Milford, New Hampshire;
> Patrick Martin, Baltimore, Maryland;
> Michael Murphy, representing Irish National
> Federation of America, New York;
> Rev. Denis O'Callaghan, Boston;
> Hon. Edmond O'Connor, Binghamton, New York;
> Denis O'Reilly, Boston;
> Hon. C. T. O'Sullivan, New York;
> Rev. Edward S. Phillips, Pennsylvania;
> Michael J. Rooney, representing Irish National
> Federation of America, New
> York;
> Joseph P. Ryan, New York;
> M J. Ryan, Philadelphia;
> James Sullivan, M.D., Manchester, New Hampshire;
> Edward Treacy, Boston;
> P. W. Wren, Bridgeport, Connecticut.
>
> Canada.
>
> Hon. John Costigan, M.P., P. C.;
> Very Rev. M. A. Clancy, Placentia, Newfoundland;
> P. F. Cronin, Toronto;
> Rev. Dr. Flannery, St. Thomas, Ontario, representing
> Ancient Order of Hibernians in Canada;
> Very Rev. Dr.Foley, Halifax, Nova Scotia;
> James J. Foy, Q.C., Toronto;
> Edward Halley, First Vice - President Young
> Irishmen's
> Literary and Benefit Association, Montreal;
> Very Rev. Dean Harris, St. Catherine's; Chevalier
> John Heney, Ottawa;
> John M. Keown, Q.C., St. Catherine's;
> Lieutenant - Colonel MacShane, Nova Scotia;
> James J. O'Brien, Halifax, Nova Scotia;
> Rev. P. F. O'Donnell, Montreal;
> Rev. F. O'Reilly, Hamilton:
> Rev. Frank Ryan (representing Archbishop of
> Toronto), Toronto;
> Hugh Ryan, Toronto;
> James D. Ryan, President of the Benevolent Irish
> Society, St. John's,
> Newfoundland;
> Gerald B. Tiernan, Halifax.
>
> Australasia.
> Charles Hamilton Bromly, ex-Attorney-General,
> northern Tasmania;
> Michael Davitt, M.P., delegated for Dunedin, New
> Zealand;
> Thomas Hunt, Victoria;
> Mr. Kennedy, Wellington, New Zealand;
> Rev. Father O'Callaghan, C.C., Mallow, delegated to
> represent southern
> Tasmania.
>
> South Africa.
> Moses Cornwall, J.P., Kimberley, representing
> Irishmen of Griqualand West;
> H. J. Haskins, Johannesburg.
>
> Two hundred and fifty delegates from branches of the
> National League of England, Scotland, and Wales,
> affiliated
> with the National Federation of Ireland, took part
> in the
> sessions of the convention.
>
> No assembly equal in representative character had
> ever
> before in the history of the Irish struggle met in
> the capital
> of Ireland or in any other part of the world. Every
> country
> and colony beyond the seas where Irishmen are
> settled in
> large numbers sent spokesmen to plead for reunion,
> and to
> show the opponents of the Home-Rule movement how
> world-
> wide was the combination and the power of active
> sympathy
> which stood behind the fatherland in its national
> demand for
> justice and liberty.
>
> The "Parliament of the Irish race," as the great
> gathering
> was named by some of its foreign delegates, was ably
> presided
> over by the young Bishop of Donegal, who typified in
> name,
> descent, and patriotic fervor the spirit and purpose
> of the
> Celtic chieftains who had fought and bled for land
> and liberty
> in the earliest stages of the Irish land-war. A few
> sentences
> from his opening address to this epoch-making
> convention
> will clearly explain the unique character and
> significance
> of the historic gathering, and its bearing upon the
> "wide-
> world" meaning of the Irish struggle.
>
> "Men of the Irish race, there is only one way in
> which I
> may hope to return thanks for the unique honor which
> this
> chair confers upon me. It is to launch at once on
> this
> magnificent convention the business that has brought
> you
> here from the four shores of Ireland and from many
> lands
> beyond the seas. To you, gentlemen, our kith and
> kin,
> come home from abroad, we who live in the Green Isle
> say
> from our hearts, in the sweet language of your
> fathers, ' Cead
> mille failte.' In your love for Ireland you are here
> from the
> great republic of the West, where so many millions
> of our
> people have built up for themselves a position and a
> name,
> and whence in times of trial has come to us the most
> generous
> support for every national demand. You are here from
> self-
> governing Canada, one of whose great prelates first
> suggested
> this convention to end our dissensions. You are come
> from friendly Nova
> Scotia and Newfoundland. You are come
> even from Australia, which has always vied with
> America in
> support of the national cause. You are here from
> Africa,
> where, in our days, to the south it promises to
> rival the
> northern splendor of fifteen centuries ago. Then the
> never-
> failing Irishmen of England and Scotland are here ;
> and, lastly,
> the tried men, priests and people, who live in the
> old land, in
> long array, from every county and every shore. You
> have
> come from near and far, at great inconvenience and
> expense,
> to work for the old cause, and to banish from our
> midst the
> bitterness of strife, filled with the idea that love
> of our mother-
> land implies co-operation, and love, and friendship,
> and for-
> bearances among ourselves in her cause. In my time I
> have
> seen the young family outcast on the road-side from
> the
> home the strong man had built ; I have seen the
> priest dragged
> to prison for trying to shield the victims of such
> wrong; I
> have seen thousands of little boys and girls of from
> nine to
> twelve years hired into agricultural service far
> away from
> the homes where they ought to be at school; I have
> seen
> throngs of young people leaving the old and weakly
> behind,
> and hurrying to the emigrant-ship; and I have often
> asked
> myself: Will the emigrants ever come back? Will they
> ever send us back the power to change these things
> and to
> undo these wrongs? Well, picked men of our race are
> here
> to-day from every land of the Irish dispersion, and
> with God's
> blessing before they go back the foundations will be
> laid broad
> and deep of that victory-compelling unity which this
> great
> convention was called to promote." End.
>
> Mary Heaphy

Dan Hogan



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