Father of Irish Republicanism
Missing the anniversary by a day because I have unexpectedly been away for a bit and have been (still am) a bit sick
Theobald Wolfe Tone died at the age of 35 in Provost’s Prison, Dublin, not far from where he was born.
He is buried in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare , Ireland
Wolfe Tone was one of the founding members of the Society of United Irishmen.
At the summit of Cavehill , Belfast, Tone made the famous Cavehill compact with fellow United Irishmen, Russel and McCracken, promising “never to desist in our efforts until we subvert the authority of England over our country and asserted our independence“.
Modern republicans often quote him:
“To subvert the tyranny of our execrable government, to break the connection with England, the never failing source of all our political evils, and to assert the independence of my country—these were my objects. To unite the whole people of Ireland, to abolish the memory of all past dissentions, and to substitute the common name of Irishman, in the place of the denominations of Protestant, Catholic, and Dissenter—these were my means.”
“To unite Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter under the common name of Irishmen in order break the connection with England, the never failing source of all our political evils, that was my aim”.
“If the men of property will not support us, they must fall. Our strength shall come from that great and respectable class, the men of no property”.
Tone was captured by British forces at Lough Swilly in Donegal and taken prisoner. His one request at his trial was to be shot as a soldier, as he was a commissioned officer in the French Revolutionary Army. Instead he was sentenced to be hanged as a traitor.
Before he was to be executed, Wolfe Tone attempted suicide. He subsequently died from mortal wounds eight days afterwards, thus avoiding being hanged as a convicted traitor to the British Crown for his involvement in the 1798 Irish Rebellion.
He took his own life to spite his enemies and deny them the satisfaction of hanging him.
He is our political ancestor, and his message still rings clear and true.
This is the background to the Societies of the United irishmen, the foundation of the Orange Order, Loyalism
the 1916 Uprising, theTreaty,Civil war and Tone’s legacy
This is Tone’s Legacy
And here’s something about his friends William Brennan and William Orr in Belfast and the 1798 rebellion in the north
And finally, just to show you what it’s all about really, in the final analysis, when you come down to basics
NB: Remember Orr: The Protestant/Loyalist minority have no answer to give if and when the Catholics/Nationalists/Republicans of Ireland demand their rights