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Defenders

Defenders  

Were Irish catholics who banded together to combat the protestant Peep o' Day Boys. They began to organize in the 1780s and in the 1790s merged with the United Irishmen. The spread of catholic ...
Dolly's Brae

Dolly's Brae  

Co. Down, scene of a bloody sectarian affray on 12 July 1849. Orange bands marching from Rathfriland to Tollymore Park exchanged shots with Ribbonmen who confronted them as they passed ...
habeas corpus

habeas corpus  

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A prerogative writ used to challenge the validity of a person's detention, either in official custody (e.g. when held pending deportation or extradition) or in private hands. Deriving from the royal ...
Maamtrasna murders

Maamtrasna murders  

(8 Aug. 1882),the murder in Connemara of five members—husband, wife, and three children—of the Joyce family. The killings were apparently motivated by Ribbon Society politics and bitter personal ...
politicization

politicization  

The growth of popular political consciousness is a complex process. It requires an awareness of political structures and issues, a perception of these as relevant to one's daily life, and ...

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