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Ribbon Societies in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and its Diaspora: The Persistence of Tradition

Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild


The book is the first full-length study of Irish Ribbonism. It traces its development from its origins in the Defender movement of the 1790s to the latter part of the century when the remnants of the Ribbon tradition found solace in a new movement: the quasi-constitutional affinities of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. This book places Ribbonism firmly within Ireland’s long tradition of secret societies and show that, due to its diversity and adaptability, it stood apart from other similar bodies and showed remarkable longevity not matched by its contemporaries. The book describes the wider co ... More

Keywords: Ribbonism, Hibernianism, Diaspora, Transnational, Catholic secrecy, Anti-Catholicism, Anti-Orangeism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781786941350
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941350.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kyle Hughes, author

Donald MacRaild, author