`Britain in Ireland is a beast exceeding terrible; his feet and claws are of iron,' The Invincibles
In an Ireland still reeling from years of famine, with tenant farmers being evicted and left to starve for their inability to pay exorbitant rents, revolutionary fervour was growing. An inner circle of the IRB was formed, a secret assassination squad within a secret society - the Irish National Invincibles. Their mission was to strike at the heart of British Imperial power, to kill the figureheads of Ireland's oppressors.
On their way home from a triumphal parade through the city, Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Burke, two of the heads of the establishment, were set upon and stabbed to death in the Phoenix Park. These killings would shake the Empire to its core, and shape the following decades of Irish history.
Shane Kenna was a Doctor of modern Irish history with an interest in late Victorian and Edwardian Irish nationalism. He was a regular speaker at international academic conferences, a media presence with Newstalk Radio, Near FM, BBC Radio 4 and published author who wrote for Irish Academic Press, The O'Brien Press, History Ireland, the BBC History Magazine and Kilmainham Tales. Shane lectured at Trinity College, Dublin and Saor Ollscoil na hEireann University and also designed modules on Irish history for the American College, Arcadia University, as well as organising and managing several courses on Modern History. He died in February 2017. RUAN O'DONNELL is head of the History Department at the University of Limerick & the official historian of the Robert Emmet Association. He has written for The Irish Times and several historical publications.
Remembering Dr Shane Kenna - Liz Gillis page 9 Introduction - Dr Ruan O'Donnell 11 1 Background to the Invincibles 15 2 The Genesis of the Invincibles 47 3 The Phoenix Park Assassinations 66 4 The Investigation 78 5 Cracks in the Conspiracy 118 THE TRIALS 5 Joe Brady 160 6 Daniel Curley 173 7 Timothy Kelly 181 8 Michael Fagan 187 9 `Skin the Goat' - James Fitzharris 195 10 Thomas Caffrey & Patrick Delaney 202 11 Edward O'Brien & Peter Doyle 208 12 James Mullet, William Moroney & Laurence Hanlon 210 13 Timothy Kelly 214 14 Joseph Mullet 230 The Executions 15 Joe Brady 242 16 Daniel Curley 248 17 Michael Fagan 254 18 Thomas Caffrey 258 19 Timothy Kelly 262 THE Aftermath 20 Carey's Flight 270 21 The Reaction 281 22 The Execution of Patrick O'Donnell 299 Afterword - Aidan Lambert 307 Editor's Note 309 Endnotes 311 Acknowledgements 323 Index 325