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Ribbon Societies in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and its DiasporaThe Persistence of Tradition$
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Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941350

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941350.001.0001

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Ribbonism, O’Connellism, and Catholicism in the 1820s and 1830s

Ribbonism, O’Connellism, and Catholicism in the 1820s and 1830s

(p.92) 3 Ribbonism, O’Connellism, and Catholicism in the 1820s and 1830s
Ribbon Societies in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and its Diaspora

Kyle Hughes

Donald M. MacRaild

Liverpool University Press

This chapter explores the development of Ribbonism in those two turbulent decades, and considers key aspects of social, religious, and political turmoil that provided a fitting setting for the development of Ribbonism. It shows how Ribbonmen expressed at times a Catholic pro-O’Connellism, even though both the Church and ‘the Liberator’ were hostile to them. The chapter also observes the inability of O’Connell to control Ribbonism in the northern province of Ulster demonstrated in hardening Orange–Green tensions. Finally, the chapter examines canal-based proto-trade union Ribbonism and the organisation’s role as a ‘kind of proletarian underground’: a primitive form of organized labour, controlling the portering and carrying trades around docks and inland waterways

Keywords:   Daniel O’Connell, Proto-trade unionism, Canal trades, Dockwork, Urban Ribbonism

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