Year of the French – Addergoole Connection

The French are in our Fairgreen -1798

Bliain na bhFrancach

Part 2

Less well known is the detail of what Addergoole people did in the 1798 Campaign. A book published in 1937 by Richard Hayes “The Last Invasion of Ireland” has this information. Here is the local story, told largely through extracts from the book where local oral historians gave accounts to Hayes. First, in Hayes’s own words: Continue reading

The last Invasion of Ireland

The French are in our Fairgreen -1798

Bliain na bhFrancach

Part 1

France was declared a republic in 1792 and Connaught was declared one in 1798. The United Ireland movement of the 1790’s was a non-sectarian movement and it was the diplomatic activity of Wolfe Tone that culminated in the French expeditions to Ireland. Continue reading