Posted by Emigre on July 16, 2001 at 17:58:05:
In Reply to: Re: Castlebar memories posted by MM on July 16, 2001 at 14:36:51:
You might be right but I dont think the emmets were landowners. I respect his integrity and his intentions but his rising (23/7/1803) was a cock up and was described as a scuffle in th streets.
One account says hHe stayed too long in his lover’s home, and was captured on 25th August. Her father, John Philbot Curran, who was a barrister, never defended him. Ironically, he was the only United Irishman Curran didn’t defend. His defence council was Leonard MacNally. It later emerged that it was MacNally, who betrayed him.
Emmet’s last speech was noble “When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not until then will my epitaph be written” He was hanged and beheaded the following morning.
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