On 23rd November 1867, Cork Fenians William Allen (Bandon) and Michael O’ Brien (Ballymacoda), together with Michael Larkin, were the subject of the last public hanging ever carried out in Manchester, England. These three men were known as the Manchester Martyrs and were executed for their part in the Fenian Rising of 1867 and in particular an event that occurred in Manchester in September 1867, known as the ‘Smashing of the Van’. The 'Smashing of the Van' involved the rescuing of some prominent Fenians, including none other than Captain Timothy Deasy. Cork County Council's Commemoration Committee was honoured to have Captain Deasy's Great-GrandNephew Bob Bateman, from the USA, deliver a talk on the Manchester Martyrs on in November 2017 and on July 4th 2019, with thanks to Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, Bob Bateman will give this talk in Clonakilty Parish Centre. All welcome. 

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