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Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century$
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Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940650

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940650.001.0001

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‘Night Marauders’ and ‘Deluded Wretches’: Public Discourses on Ribbonism in Pre-Famine Ireland

‘Night Marauders’ and ‘Deluded Wretches’: Public Discourses on Ribbonism in Pre-Famine Ireland

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Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century
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Jess Lumsden Fisher

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940650.003.0004

This chapter focuses on Ribbonism, challenging notions of the Ribbon ‘bogeyman’ through the persons of real Ribbonmen such as Richard Jones, the Dublin leader who was tried in 1840 and later transported. Examining the evolution of Ribbonism but focusing on the sensational show-trials that surrounded Jones’s time in the dock, the chapter reveals how the language of ‘banditti’ was readily applied, attempting to shear them of political association from an organisation that the authorities saw as fundamentally criminal. Journalists, court cases, novelists, and other writers seemed to enforce the image of the night-time agitator whose aim was to threaten loyal subjects through all manner of criminal wickedness, thus losing the true image of Ribbonism, as a proto-union of Catholic confrères.

Keywords:   Ribbonism, Catholic collectivism, Ribbonmen, Rural disorder, Dublin

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