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Ribbon Societies in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and its DiasporaThe Persistence of Tradition$
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Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941350

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941350.001.0001

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The Transnational World of Richard Jones, 1835–1842

The Transnational World of Richard Jones, 1835–1842

(p.125) 4 The Transnational World of Richard Jones, 1835–1842
Ribbon Societies in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and its Diaspora

Kyle Hughes

Donald M. MacRaild


This chapter uses the capture and imprisonment of Richard Jones, a key Ribbon society leader, to frame the increasing cross-Irish Sea connections of Ribbonism. By the 1830s Ribbonmen in Ireland frequently corresponded with Ribbonmen in Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, and various other British towns and cities and members criss-crossed the Irish Sea on a regular basis. Some simply sought employment in Britain; others required sanctuary whilst in flight from the authorities in Ireland. Ribbon leaders—including Jones—travelled to Liverpool to meet with fellow Ribbonmen and Scottish- and English-based delegates made regular trips back home to attend national meetings. Britain was an integral component of the Ribbon system.

Keywords:   Transnational migration, Trade unionism, Dublin, Liverpool, Billy Welters, Northerns, Widgeons

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