The Fenian Graves
Association has been established for the purpose of keeping the memory
of our Irish American Fenian heroes and heroines alive by recording
their deeds on behalf of Irish freedom as well as
sacrifices for their adopted homeland, America.
Over the centuries tens
of thousands of Irish men and women who fought for freedom and liberty
Ireland and in America lie in unmarked graves throughout this continent.
We do not know
their names nor the moment or manner of their deaths; we can only
surmise that they died believing that one-day Ireland would be free and
that their efforts would somehow hasten that day.
Down through the
centuries they came to the Americas to escape the clutches of tyranny.
Many of them had
fought British armies in Ireland before arriving here. Some were forced
to flee Ireland to avoid capture and certain death; others arrived
having escaped British prisons and slave camps in Australia and
others who came
were victims of the many avoidable famines that plagued Ireland owing to
the indifference and greed of the British authorities and their landlords
laid claim to the livestock, wheat, oats and barley that otherwise would
have fed the people.
Not all of our Fenian
heroes and heroines were born in Ireland. Some were born in the Americas
while others were born elsewhere throughout the world. Still, all of
them shared a common belief that Ireland was entitled to its rightful
place in the company of free nations.
They worked hard
and sacrificed much for that belief.
Many of those who came
to America fought in its Revolutionary War to help secure its freedom
the same enemy
laying claim to their homeland. Those of later generations who came here
joined the ranks of Irish regiments and various other regiments that
fought so gallantly in America's
Civil War in both
Union and Confederate ranks.
Not all of those, whom
we strive to honor,
took up arms to
answer the call of freedom. Some took up the pen to expose the cunning,
inhumanity of the British and other foes of liberty. We are also mindful
of others who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to provide the support
needed to wage war on Britain; the foe of Irish unification and freedom.
individual must have lived for part or all of
life in the Americas.
(Irish born individuals
who later returned to Ireland and died there or, whose remains were
returned there for burial, will be eligible)
keeping with the Fenian tradition, the
individual, once committed, remained forever faithful to the cause
of Irish freedom and;
took a prominent role in the struggle for Irish freedom at
great risk to his / her own freedom or;
was an unsung hero/heroine who worked tirelessly behind the
scenes, in both good and bad times, for the cause of Irish freedom
was a member of the Fenian movement who fought
with distinction for America's freedom and unity or;
was a lifelong, reliable
defender of activists in legal jeopardy for activities related to
the cause of Irish
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