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Marianne Elliott

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318078

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317774

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Mission to the North

Mission to the North

(p.163) Twelve Mission to the North
Wolfe Tone
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This chapter examines Theobald Wolfe Tone's mission to Northern Ireland on behalf of the Catholics. It explains that Tone served as a bridge between Catholics and Ulster dissenters and that he was so disliked by both the Irish and English governments. It suggests that Tone's attendance at the Bastille Day celebration in Belfast in the summer 1792 highlighted the unity among the reformers and Catholics, and this action by the Catholics provided the Protestant Ascendancy with a weapons against Catholic emancipation, the threat of popular rebellion.

Keywords:   Theobald Wolfe Tone, Catholics, Northern Ireland, Ulster dissenters, reformers, Protestant Ascendancy, Catholic emancipation, popular rebellion

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