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James Moran

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314742

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316043

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The Murphy Riots

The Murphy Riots

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Irish Birmingham
Liverpool University Press

This chapter details the events leading up to the ‘Murphy Riots’ in Birmingham in June 1867. The arrival of travelling preacher William Murphy and his subsequent inflammatory lectures aggravated the brewing anti-Catholic sentiments in the city. During his lecture on 16 June, groups of hostile Irish Catholic men and women gathered in the street outside the venue and fought running battles with the authorities throughout the day. The next day, Murphy's supporters attacked the Irish neighbourhood in Park Street, looting and destroying homes, under the watchful gaze of the policemen supposedly guarding the area.

Keywords:   William Murphy, Birmingham, riots, looting, Irish Catholics, anti-Catholicism, Irish neighbourhood

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