Subversive Historian – 07/29/09

The Tipperary Revolt

Back in the day on July 29th, 1848, the Tipperary Revolt ended in an abysmal failure in Ireland. With the potato famine feeding on the lives of the Irish leading many to starvation and immigration, William Smith O’Brien of the Young Irelander movement attempted an armed insurrection aimed at national independence from Britain. The rebellion was launched prematurely as Habeas Corpus was declared that could subject the organization to arrest and detention. O’Brien, a reluctant leader, was thrust into action trying unsuccessfully to harness 100 supporters in an attack on police barricaded at farmhouse. Poorly armed and without a coherent military strategy, the revolt came to an unceremonious end. One important factor to the failure of O’Brien was his inability to rouse the peasantry. Despite his aims of national independence through direct action, O’Brien was ostensibly a social conservative and a big landowner. He thought it would be possible to unite the landed class with the peasant majority in the call for freedom from Britain.

He never attracted the Irish peasantry to his cause…


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