Talk by Joseph O’Neill in Birr Library

Manchester Martyrs

A talk by Joseph O’Neill

  Joseph O'Neill Picture

Birr Library: Wed, Oct 25th at 6.30pm

The monument to the Manchester Martyrs which stands in the centre of Birr dates back to events which took place exactly 150 years ago this November.

The rising of 1867 and the subsequent executions in Manchester are as important to Irish nationalism in the nineteenth century as 1916 is to the twentieth century. They led not only to Britain’s last public multiple execution but also to a tradition of commemoration which led to the monument in Birr and numerous others in Ireland.

Joseph O’Neill, a Manchester – Irish historian and the author of six books tells the story of the dramatic events surrounding the executions and their continuing significance.

About the speaker: Joseph O’Neill is a freelance writer and broadcaster whose work appears in all Britain and Ireland’s leading family history and genealogical magazines, including Irish Roots and Who Do You Think You Are?.  His work has appeared in a wide range of publications dealing with historical and religious issues. He was born and raised in Manchester where he worked for thirty-five years as a history teacher. A graduate of Warwick University, he holds an MA in political science. He is the author of six books, including The Manchester Martyrs (Mercier Press) and Crime City (Milo Press) which was voted best social history book of 2008 by Family History Monthly

His latest books, The Secret History of the Victorian Lodging House and Manchester in the Great War, which deals with the profound impact of the war on the city’s civilian population, are both published by Pen & Sword.

Booking is essential

Contact Birr Library (057) 9124950 or email birrlibrary@offalycoco.ie to book your place.