Irish Revolutionary Plan to Invade Canada

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Irish Revolutionary Plan to Invade Canada

The_Battle_of_Ridgeway-e1540822263672 A professor of history and Celtic studies at the University of Toronto will deliver the George Story Lecture, TONIGHT.

Dr. David A. Wilson will speak on the topic, State Security and Civil Liberty: The Fenians and the Secret Police, at Memorial  University on Thursday, Nov. 8.  (TONIGHT)

In October 1865, the Fenians — Irish revolutionaries in the United States, dedicated to the independence of Ireland and the destruction of the British Empire — drew up plans to invade Canada.

The George Story Lecture takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Suncor Energy Hall, School of Music. A reception will follow. Free parking is available in lot 15B.

The late Dr. George Story (1927-94) was one of Newfoundland’s most distinguished scholars and teachers, whose scholarship ranged from Erasmus through Christmas mummering in Newfoundland to the lexicography that resulted in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. To commemorate and honour Dr. Story’s contribution to research and scholarship, Memorial University endowed the annual George H. Story Lecture in Humanities, which reflects the range and variety of Dr. Story’s intellectual interests.

Photo Credit:  The charge of the Fenians (green uniforms) under Colonel John O’Neill at the Battle of Ridgeway, near Niagara, Canada West, on June 2, 1866.  LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA


This article was written by Larry Dohey