John Lennon

Author of The Repealer’s Mountain Harp of the Triumphant Year, 1843 (Dublin 1843).

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‘I cannot forget when six hundred families were banished from their homes, in the county of Armagh, in one year; every Catholic house in Ulster was closed at night, and all their windows built up with stone and mortar, unless weavers windows, which were filled up at night with bog oak blacks, lest the inmates be shot at their work, as many were. Every magistrate in Ulster, but one or two, was an Orangeman, and no justice could be obtained either in courts of law, or elsewhere.’ (q.p.; quoted in Kevin Whelan, ‘Origins of the Orange Order’, in Bullán: An Irish Studies Journal, 2, 2, Spring/Summer 1996, p.27.)

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