The city of Limerick has become a focal point within this developing alliance between the Boer and Irish irreconcilables. The bestowing of the freedom of the city upon Steyn highlights Limerick’s historical significance as a hub of rebellion and a symbol of Irish nationalism. As the relationship between these two groups strengthens, it is likely that Limerick will play an essential role as a meeting ground for leaders and supporters alike. The city’s rich history and continued struggle against the British Government make it an ideal backdrop for the emerging collaboration, fostering an atmosphere of solidarity in the pursuit of a new future for both Ireland and South Africa.
According to a trustworthy source from the “Daily Express,” Mr Chamberlain declined to discuss any revision of the terms of peace with the Boer Generals or approve an additional monetary grant they had requested. Despite their unsuccessful attempts to influence the Colonial Office, the Boer Generals are believed to have promised acquiescence to the new state of things in South Africa.
Had Mr Chamberlain granted between £3,000,000-£5,000,000, we likely would have seen appointments of General Botha and possibly General Delarey as members of the Executive in the Transvaal. Additionally, their visit to America might not have occurred. The refusal of these appeals has opened the possibility of an indirect alliance between the Irish and Boer irreconcilables, based on their common antipathy towards the British Government.
Steyn’s acceptance of the freedom of the city of Limerick underlines the bond between the Boer and Irish nationalists. Other indicators of their shared sentiment include the refusal to attend the Naval Review, the anticipated Anglophobic nature of General Wet’s forthcoming book, and Mr Reitz’s repudiation of terms to which he was previously a party.
The potential union between the irreconcilable Irish and Boer factions may bring about a new era in Ireland as the two groups stand united against the British Government, presenting notable political implications for the region.
Dundee Evening Telegraph – Tuesday 09 September 1902