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Fanny Parnell

(1848—1882) Irish nationalist and poet


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(1849–82), sister of Charles and Anna, and founder of the New York Ladies' Land League (1880). Her poem ‘Hold the Harvest’ was described by Davitt as ‘the Marseillaise of the Irish peasantry’. Like Anna and their mother Delia, she spent most of her life in America. Although Anna is most remembered for political activism, Fanny was more involved initially, having close links with Irish-American Fenians. She understood Irish life less well than Anna, and was frustrated at the lack of response to her letter to the Nation newspaper (1 Jan. 1881) calling for a women's land organization. She died of a heart attack.

From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: European History.


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