The title Fenian was taken from an old Irish legend about an invincible army called the Fianna that constantly defended Ireland against foreign invaders. The development of the Fenian movement with its obvious influence for self-determination, grew rapidly amongst the men and women of Ireland. It became a stepping stone in the lead up to the 1916 rising.
The Fenian leaders were: James Stephens, John O’Mahony, John O’Leary, Thomas Clarke Luby, Michael Doheny and Charles J. Kickham. And just as Wolfe Tone had sought to gain the complete separation of Ireland from England, by force arms, so too did James Stephens.
The Fenian movement has undoubtedly been acknowledged by most historians as the criterion that later brought together men like Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly, Thomas J. Clarke, Joseph Mary Plunkett, Eamon Ceant and Thomas MacDonagh, who were great leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.
‘The Bold Fenian Men’
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