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Edenderry, County Offaly, and the Downshire Estate, 1790-1800

Edenderry, County Offaly, and the Downshire Estate, 1790-1800

Ciaran Reilly

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Maynooth Studies in Local History

In the history of the 1798 rising in Ireland Offaly is regarded as the forgotten county.

It was not the scene of major military activity but that does not mean that it was unaffected by the disturbances that afflicted the Irish midlands in that year. This study shows that in one part of the county, around the old Quaker settlement of Edenderry, the agrarian secret societies that underlay the rising were as active as in many other parts of Ireland.

In particular problems between the landlord, the marquis of Downshire, and his tenants fed social tensions produced by more general economic conditions to ensure that Edenderry would be as disturbed as many other parts of the country during the years 1795-7.

Why then did these problems not translate into more open violence during 1798 itself? This study answers this crucial questions, central to understanding the history of the 1798 rising a local level.

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Author Ciaran Reilly
Publisher Four Courts Press
Publication date 15 Oct 2007
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781846820618

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