Essays and Such

Irish Cultural Society

of San Antonio Texas


Promoting Awareness of Irish Culture

Nine Famous Irishmen
by Unknown

Nine Famous Irishmen

From the Hangman's Noose

to world leaders

  In the young Irish disorders, in Ireland in 1848, the Following
nine men were captured, tried and convicted of treason against Her 
Majesty, the Queen, and were sentenced to death: John Mitchell, Morris 
Leyne, Pat Donahue, Thomas McGee, Charles Duffy, Thomas Meagher, 
Richard O'Gorman, Terrance McManus, and Michael Ireland.

  Before passing sentence, the judge asked if there was anything that 
anyone wished to say. Meagher, speaking for all, said, "My Lord, this 
is our first offense, but not our last. If you wish to be easy with us,
this once we promise, on our word as gentlemen to try to do better next 
time. And next time--sure we won't be fools to get caught."

  Thereupon, the indignant judge sentenced them all to be hanged by the 
neck until dead, and drawn and quartered.

  Passionate protest from all the world forced Queen Victoria to commute 
the sentence to transportation and exile for life to the remote, barren 
wilds of Australia.

  In 1874, word reached an astounded Queen Victoria that the Sir Charles 
Duffy who had been elected Prime Minister of Australia, was the same 
Charles Duffy who had been transported into exile there 25 years before. 
On the Queen's demand, the records of the rest of the transported 
Irishmen were revealed and this is what 
was discovered:

The Queen's Record of the Rest of the Transported 

   1. Thomas Francis Meagher: Govenor of Montana
   2. Terrance McManus: Brigadier General, U.S. Army.
   3. Patrick Donahue:Brigadier General, U.S. Army.
   4. Morris Leyne: Attorney General of Australia, in which office...
   5. Michael Ireland succeeded him as Attorney General of Australia.
   6. Richard O'Gorman: Governor General of Newfoundland.
   7. Thomas D'Archy McGee: Member of Parliament, Montreal, Minister 
of Agriculture and President of Council Dominion of Canada.
   8. John Mitchell: Prominent New York Politician. 
This man was father of John Purroy Mitchell, Mayor of New York at 
the outbreak of world war I.

The moral of the story? 
   You can't Keep a good Irishman down.