West Cork History

Daniel O’Connell addresses Monster Meeting of 500,000? on Repeal in Skibbereen, June 1843, and Bandon, Skibbereen and Bantry connections with O’Connell with O’Donovan Rossa’ Recollections of ‘Wandmen’ at the Meeting.

O’Donovan Rossa’s recollections:

I told you I shook hands with O’Connell when he was coming from the great meeting in Skibbereen, in the year 1843. I remember the morning the Ross men were going to that meeting. Some of them had white wands. I see Dan Hart having one of those wands, regulating the men into line of march. Those wandmen were the peace-police of the procession. Paddy Donovan Rossa was prominent in command, giving out new Repeal buttons. Some years after, he was in New York with his wife and his six sons — all dead now: all belonging to him dead now, 1 may say. Meeting him here in the year 1863, I said to him — “Uncle…

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