Joseph Cody and James Corcoran

James G. Patterson

in In the Wake of the Great Rebellion

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719076930
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700822 | DOI:
Joseph Cody and James Corcoran

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This chapter addresses the activities of a band of rebels headed by Joseph Cody and James Corcoran, who successfully operated in south Carlow and western Wexford between 1798 and 1804. It is argued here that this group is reflective of several further key aspects of post-1798 resistance. Most significantly, the support the group received from the local population demonstrates the extent of the widespread animosity towards the state that existed in southern Leinster. In turn, this disaffection is not primarily attributable to an atavistic desire on the part of local peasants to support ‘social bandits’. Instead, it resulted from efforts by the United Irishmen to politicize the region from 1797 on. An additional central role was played by the counter-revolutionary ‘white terror’, which persisted in much of south Leinster through 1801. This phenomenon, which had both political and sectarian aspects, ultimately crippled Dublin Castle's efforts at reconciliation with the defeated rebels.

Keywords: South Munster; socio-economic backgrounds; Joseph Cody; James Corcoran; social bandits

Chapter.  12247 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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