By way of contrast with Dr Pococke’s jaundiced, personal account of Irish towns (see previous entry on Carlingford) – and indeed those of other English travellers in Ireland in the 17th-19th centuries – Samuel Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary (1837) was a disciplined, informative account from a publisher who also produced similar works on England, Wales and […]
In my youth, my role model patriots were James Larkin (mainly because of his strong working-class credentials as well as the fact that his parents hailed from here) James Connolly and John Mitchel. Where repression, discrimination and exclusion dominate, one tends towards the extremes.
Though a contemporary and a fellow student at Trinity with John Mitchel, and later defender in court of Young Irelander, poet Richard Williams, it is not thought that Sir Samuel Ferguson (10 Mar 1810-9 August 1886) belonged to that august group.
John Martin of Loughorne (Donaghmore, four miles from Newry) followed his friend John Mitchel to Dublin, supported him by contributing articles to his papers and so Martin’s political career commenced.
The United Irishman lasted a mere three and a half months before it was suppressed by the government. Still it was phenomenally popular as Mitchel succinctly and clearly set out Young Ireland policies: