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Thread #37740   Message #527841
Posted By: Big Tim
14-Aug-01 - 01:53 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Jackets Green
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Jackets Green
As the "author" of Malcolm's "Scanlan Biography" Thread I would just like to say that most books give his year of death as 1900. HOWEVER, since then I have discovered that the National Library of Ireland gives it as 1917, very interesting as it means this patriot would have lived to see the 1916 Rebellion, a subject dear to his rebel heart. I have never seen "Jackets" attributed to anyone else, it's Scanlan's song! His year of birth is also uncertain, being either 1834 or 36. He emigrated to USA at about age 14.

The term "Fenian" (derived from "Fianna", Finn MacCool's mythical warrior band)was used by the United Irishmen in the 1790s ( I can prove this). And of course the term also predates the 1867 rebellion, as the Irish Republican Brotherhood (Fenian Movement) was founded in 1858. Modern political use of "Fenian" is usually attributed to John O'Mahoney (1816-77), a veteran of the 1848 rebellion, and an uncle of major Fenian leader Charles Joseph Kickham.