The 1798 Rebellion begins

#OnThisDay The 1798 Rebellion began with attacks on mail coaches organised by the United Irishmen. It aimed to establish an independent, sovereign, Irish republic. The authorities knew of the planned rebellion and had arrested hundreds of the UI leadership including Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Wolfe Tone, the new leader wanted, ‘to unite Catholic, Protestant & Dissenter under the common name of Irishman’.

1798 Rebellion

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