Limerick witnessed a significant demonstration on Sunday, as the city came together to pay tribute to the Manchester “Martyrs” – Allen, Larkin, and O’Brien – who were executed for the shooting of Police-constable Brett during the rescue of Fenian Colonel Kelly in Manchester in 1867. This remarkable event aimed to honourthe memory of these brave individuals and their struggle for a just cause.
The demonstration included a procession featuring trades, laborers, and workers from various backgrounds, marching together in a show of unity and respect for the martyrs. Accompanied by bands and draped banners, the procession made its way through the city streets before arriving at the Martyrs’ Memorial.
At this poignant location, several speeches were made, further commemorating the sacrifices made by Allen, Larkin, and O’Brien and highlighting the importance of remembering the struggles of the past. The speakers emphasized the significance of honoring the legacy of these heroic figures and learning from their pursuit of justice in order to shape a better future for all.
The demonstration in memory of the Manchester “Martyrs” serves as a powerful reminder of the shared history and strong bonds of the local community in Limerick. It reflects the city’s commitment to acknowledging its past and celebrating those who bravely fought for their beliefs, demonstrating the resolute spirit that continues to define Limerick.
Cheltenham Chronicle – Saturday 29 November 1902