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William Allen, Michael O'Brien and Michael Larkin were hanged on 23 November 1867 for the murder of a policeman in Manchester.  They were members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.  The Rev. James Anderson O.S.A. (1838-1903) was an enthusiastic supporter of the Fenians which explains why the Mass was held in St. Augustine's.  For more information on Father Anderson see: "The Father Anderson Story" by James Flynn 2012.


"The month's memory for the three Manchester victims, Allen, Larkin and O'Brien, was held in the Augustinian Church, Dungarvan, on last Monday morning, at eight o'clock.  Owing to the severity of the weather and a misunderstanding as to the hour appointed, the attendance was not as large as it otherwise would have been.  The vacuum thus created was, however, made up by her Majesty's Royals, who largely attended throughout the entire ceremony, and seemed to pay the strictest attention, or I would rather say devotion, to everything and everybody.  The Rev. Mr. Quinlan, Adelaide, was celebrant; the Rev. T.A. Anderson, O.S.A., and the Rev. N. Cesaretti, O.S.A. assisting.

The church and altar were draped in mourning... on the catafalque were strewn branches of box-wood and other emblems of mourning.  I may mention that the first high Mass and office said in Ireland for these brave Irish Patriots was celebrated in the Augustinian church, Dungarvan on the morning of Monday 28th November 1867.

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