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If it Weren’t for Whiskey and Red Headed Women, Eire Would Rule the World

Ireland was the place that saved Western civilization.

Fat lot o’ good that was…

In the Irish Uprising of 1848, nine men were captured, tried and convicted of treason against Her Majesty, Queen Victoria. All were sentenced to death. The condemned men were:

Patrick Donahue
Charles Duffy
Michael Ireland
Morris Lyene
Thomas McGee
Terence McManus
Thomas Meagher
John Mitchell
Richard O’Gorman

Passionate protests from all over the world persuaded Queen Victoria to commute the death sentences. The men were banished to Australia – as remote and full of prisoners as Russian Siberia.

Years passed. In 1874 Queen Victoria learned that a Sir Charles Duffy who had been elected Prime Minister of Australia was the same Charles Duffy who had been banished 26 years earlier. She asked what had become of the other eight convicts.

Nine Irish Convicts [Dan Collins, from Enoch Root]

Fast forward a hundred or so years, and the Irish were trying to bail out European civilization once again.

Fat lot o’ good that will turn out to have been…

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