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    Summer school, book recall Fenians on 150th anniversary

    By Noreen Bowden | August 5, 2008

    2008 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Fenianism, and Brendan O’Cathaoir notes in today’s “Irishman’s Diary” section of the Irish Times that the anniversary “is passing by largely unnoticed”. The Fenians were an Irish Republican organistion with branches in both Ireland and the US.

    As O’Cathaoir explains, the Famine exodus played a large role in the development of the organisation. The article is well worth reading – see it on the Irish Times website.

    The Fenians are the focus of this year’s Kickham summer school in Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary on August 8-10.

    Anyone interested in the Fenians’ raids into Canada will be interested in the Toronto’s Globe and Mail review of “Delusion” by Peter Edwards, which explores the raids from the Canadian perspective – more specifically, that of Henri LeCaron, Canada’s first spy.  LeCaron managed to infiltrate Irish-American Fenians (and American Civil War veterans) who were plotting the storming of Canada, and hoping to hold it for ransom in exchange for a free Ireland.

    See the review on the Globe and Mail website.

    Read more about the Fenian Brotherhood on Wikipedia.

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