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The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland

Breandán Mac Suibhne


In 1856 Patrick McGlynn, a young schoolmaster in west Donegal, Ireland, turned informer on the Molly Maguires, a secret combination that, from the Great Famine of the late 1840s, had been responsible for a wave of violence and intimidation—offences that the state termed ‘outrage’. Here, a history of McGlynn’s informing, backlit by episodes over the previous two decades, sheds light on that wave of outrage, its origins and outcomes, the meaning and the memory of it. More specifically, it illuminates the end of outrage—the shifting objectives of those who engaged in it, and also how, after hunge ... More

Keywords: Ireland’s Great Famine, land-grabbing, informing, post-Famine adjustment, agrarian unrest, cultural change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198738619
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198738619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Breandán Mac Suibhne, author
Professor of History, Centenary College, New Jersey