chapter 1 In the Shadow of the Famine: The Birth of Fenianism, 1845-60 chapter 2 Bold Fenian Men, 1861-5 chapter 3 The Irish People, 1863-5 chapter 4 Arrests and Dissensions, 1864-6 chapter 5 Fenian Infiltration of the Armed Forces, 1864-78 chapter 6 Two Attempted Invasions and a Prelude to Insurrection, 1866 chapter 7 The Rising - `a counsel of despair', 1867-8 chapter 8 Incarceration of the Leaders, 1865-8 chapter 9 `Suffering in a great and noble cause', 1867-75 chapter 10 Resurgence and Decline, 1868-78 242 chapter 11 Dynamiters, Land Leaguers and the Rise of Parnell, 1878-84 chapter 12 Lives of the Informers, 1859-1908 chapter 13 Towards an Alternative Reality, 1884-1908 appendix i Biographies of Munster and Kilkenny Fenians appendix ii Fenian Casualties, 1865-92 appendix iii Fenian-inspired Monuments in Ireland and Manchester
Originally from Cork, Mary McGillicuddy has lived and worked in North Kerry for the past forty years. During a long career in education she made the acquaintance of the extended family of John Moriarty, and eventually of John himself. Fascinated by both his story and his message she embarked on a voyage into his books.
'Eva O Cathaoir's panoramic survey is the first comprehensive scholarly account of the movement from secretive beginning on St Patrick's Day 1858 to enigmatic end in the mid-1920s. Rejecting depictions of Fenianism as mere "pastime", all she demands of the reader is that it be taken seriously. She succeeds brilliantly in showing that most historians have underestimated the "soldiers of liberty" as, in the end, the authorities did. Her comprehensive history of the bold Fenian men will be seen as an important landmark. It will also prove an invaluable source-book, thanks not least to its short biographies of a thousand Munster and Kilkenny Fenians and its resonant and comprehensive list of "our Fenian dead".' -CORMAC O'GRADA, author of Black '47 and Beyond (Princeton, 1999) and Jewish Ireland in the Age of Joyce (Princeton, 2006).