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Thread #2313   Message #535990
Posted By: Suffet
27-Aug-01 - 06:46 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Rising of the Moon (Irish)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Story behind Rising of the Moon?
One of the leaders of the 1798 rebellion was Theobold Wolfe Tone, after whom the Wolfe Tones took their name. Wolfe Tone was the child of a wealthy Protestant family. His parents sent him off to Trinity College to study law, and the next thing you know he is leading poor folks and peasants in a rising against the Crown.

At least the English never had the pleasure of hanging Wolfe Tone. He slit his own throat with a pen knife on the eve of his execution.

-- Steve