‘A sacred obligation’: July 1848

Christine Kinealy

in Repeal and Revolution

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780719065163
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702963 | DOI:
‘A sacred obligation’: July 1848

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This chapter is concerned with the events that led to, and followed, the small and unsuccessful rising in Ballingarry in July 1848. It examines the role of key protagonists and antagonists, in particular how their actions were informed by external events, notably in France and the United States. When it was clear that the rising had failed, the British government commenced a propaganda campaign which characterized the revolt as a farce and its participants as buffoons. The Confederate leaders, however, continued to have widespread respect and sympathy regardless of the unimpressive way in which their revolutionary aspirations had ended. Despite being routed at Ballingarry, the revolutionary threat was not totally extinguished. In 1849, a further uprising took place in Cappoquin in County Waterford. It too was easily defeated. By the end of 1849, as the old order was re-establishing itself throughout Europe, Ireland was coming to terms with not only a failed uprising, but with the loss of almost two million people as a result of mortality and emigration.

Keywords: uprising; Ballingarry; France; United States; propaganda; revolution; Ireland

Chapter.  13612 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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