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Diarmuid Lynch  (1878 - 1950)

Jeremiah Christopher (Diarmuid) Lynch was born on January 10, 1878  in Granig, Tracton, Co Cork to Timothy and Hannah Lynch (nee Dunlea). When Lynch was six months old his mother died from bronchopneumonia. His father, still a young man, married Margaret Murphy from nearby Ovens with whom he had five other children.

The nationalist minded Lynch's were prosperous tenant farmers who, for many decades, leased substantial acreage of fertile land in the townland of Granig from the absentee landlords of the Tracton Abbey estate.

 Lynch received his primary education at the nearby  Knocknamanagh National School. Later in life he paid tribute to the school's headmaster, Michael McCarthy for the excellent education he received and for instilling in him an awareness and appreciation of his cultural heritage and Ireland's centuries long struggle for  freedom.

 When Lynch was thirteen years old his father died leaving his stepmother to care for him and his stepbrothers and stepsister. As the oldest child he felt duty bound to forego his schooling so that he could help his stepmother care of the younger children and also help with farming chores.


God save Ireland

Timothy Daniel Sullivan (1827 - 1914)

High upon the gallows tree, swung the noble-hearted three,
By the vengeful tyrant, stricken in their bloom.
But they met him face to face with the courage of their race,
And they went with souls undaunted to their doom.

"God save Ireland," said the heroes.
"God save Ireland," said them all.
"Whether on the scaffold high, or the battlefield we die,
No matter when, for Ireland dear we fall!"




They think that they have pacified Ireland. They think that they have purchased half of us and intimidated the other half. They think that they have foreseen everything, think that they have provided against everything; but the fools, the fools, the fools! - they have left us our Fenian dead, and while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.

Padraic Pearse oration given at 

Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa's funeral on Aug. 1, 1915

History of  the 1848 Rising In Ireland

Preface to Michael Doheny --The Felon's Track

The Irish Confederation still awaits its historian. Three of its leaders have left narratives of its brief and momentous career, but, of the three, Doheny alone participated in the Insurrection that dug the political grave of Young Ireland. In ďThe Felonís Track,Ē written hot on his escape from the stricken land, he tells the story vividly and passionately. It has morals deducible for all manner of Irishmen, and one for those English statesmen who comfort themselves with the illusion that Irish Nationalism, like Jacobitism, is a platonic sentiment. The man who, roused from his bed at midnight by tapping fingers on his window and a voice whispering that insurrection was afoot, rose and rode away in the darkness to join himself to its desperate fortunes was no young man ardent for adventure. Michael Doheny, when he left his home and his career to engage in the fatal enterprise, was a sober middle-aged barrister, a man of weight and fortune into which he had built himself by the hard toil of twenty years. His social anchorages were deep-castóand no mere sentiment provokes such a man to throw aside the hard-won harvest of his life and risk the rebelís or the felonís fate. --- continue

 The 'Gazelle'

The 'Gazelle' was a whaling ship built in New Bedford Massachusetts in the early 1800's that plied the Pacific Ocean in search of sperm whales. Manned by a captain and crew supportive of the Irish in their quest for freedom from Britain, the Gazelle played a historic role in the life of John Boyle O'Reilly

After two years in English prisons John Boyle O'Reilly was transported with sixty-one other Fenians in the Hougoumont, arriving in Western Australia on 10 January 1868.

In his first weeks at the Convict Establishment in Fremantle he worked with the chaplain, Father Lynch, in the prison library. O'Reilly was transferred to a road party at Bunbury but was soon given clerical duties and entrusted to deliver the weekly report to the local convict depot.

Befriended by the priest, Patrick McCabe, and an Irish settler named James Maguire who was sympathetic to the Fenian cause, O'Reilly, with their assistance, planned his escape. Foiled in his first attempt, he hid on Maguire's farm until he boarded the American whaler Gazelle on February 18, 1869. After narrowly escaping capture at Roderiquez Island he transferred to the American Sapphire at St Helena and joined the Bombay as a deck-hand at Liverpool. He arrived in Philadelphia on  November 23, 1869.

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