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    Episode 17 of the Irish History Show on Near FM. On this episode we are joined by Irish American historian, author and poet, John Kearns, to discuss the Molly Maguires. The Molly Maguires were a secret society based among the Irish miners in the anthracite coal fields in northern Pennsylvania in the 1860s and 1870s.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cb1979 View Post
    Interestingly enough, while the Molly Maguires were shooting mine owners and being executed en masse, in New York, the Irish were already rising to the top of the pile in municipal politics.

    ‘Solid Men’ – The Irish in New York Politics, 1880-1920 | The Irish Story

    An interesting contradiction in the history of the Irish in America.

    Oh and re the Mollies, someone has to mention the song.


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    great podcast, as usual
    I quite liked the harris, connery film about the Mollies too (if not historically accurate!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jason Woodrue View Post
    great podcast, as usual
    I quite liked the harris, connery film about the Mollies too (if not historically accurate!)
    Thanks Jason.

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    The informer and Pinkerton agent who infiltrated the Mollys and brought them down was actually from South Armagh, [his name escapes me at the moment]. Incredibly he survived his double crossing and went on to live a long life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommythesash View Post
    The informer and Pinkerton agent who infiltrated the Mollys and brought them down was actually from South Armagh, [his name escapes me at the moment]. Incredibly he survived his double crossing and went on to live a long life.
    We covered it in the podcast. His name was James McParland (or McParlan). While working for the Pinkertons he ingratiated himself into the Mollies and actually became the secretary of his local AOH lodge. He was the star witness at the trials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cb1979 View Post
    We covered it in the podcast.
    I didn't listen to the podcast, I'd rather read about it..

    His name was James McParland (or McParlan). While working for the Pinkertons he ingratiated himself into the Mollies and actually became the secretary of his local AOH lodge. He was the star witness at the trials.
    McParland was a spy and an informer. He was fortunate he lived and didn't end up in a ditch in South Armagh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommythesash View Post

    McParland was a spy and an informer. He was fortunate he lived and didn't end up in a ditch in South Armagh.
    McParland ended up in Colorado during the Colorado Labour Wars. His job was to disrupt the Western Federation of Miners on behalf of the Pinkertons. Unfortunately for him, as Kearns said in the podcast, he came up against Clarence Darrow, who was representing the miners. He was a fascinating and appalling character and became quite famous within his own lifetime. James McParland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Good review of the episode from the radio section of the Irish Independent from last Saturday.
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    The Irish History Show on Near FM, meanwhile, is exceptionally good. Indeed, the whole station is exceptionally good.

    The programme tends to look at unusual, even ignored, aspects of Irish history. Their most recent episode, for instance, discussed the Molly Maguires, a secret society based among Irish miners in Pennsylvania during the 1860s.

    Other topics have included Irish radicals in Scotland, women in World War I and links between Irish nationalism and Zionism. Very interesting material, and all fresh to these ears, at least.

    Near FM, a community media project in Coolock, Dublin, has broadcast some of the most imaginative and fascinating radio of any station. Readings from Joyce's Dubliners, talks on how capitalism affects society, specialist music shows (some of them quite obscure, in a good way) and more.

    It goes to show that big budgets aren't half as important as old-fashioned creativity and enthusiasm.

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