LETTER: Thesis on early Fenians in Skibbereen region

February 27th, 2016 5:03 PM

By Southern Star Team

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SIR – I am currently working on a thesis about the early Fenian movement in the Skibbereen region (roughly covering the area from Rosscarbery to the Mizen) between the 1850s and the 1870s. 

As part of this project I am interested in any information, artefacts, family stories, etc your readers may have relating to this subject. One item of particular interest to me is the location of the graves in Chapel Lane graveyard, Skibbereen, of O’Donovan Rossa’s relatives, the Downing family, and that of Captain Francis Welpley.  

Captain Welpley was a well-known Fenian who was killed in action during the American Civil War. After that war, his body was returned to Ireland and was buried in his native Skibbereen.  

Any information on these graves or on any other Fenian related material would be gratefully received; email [email protected] or phone 087-6846997.



William Casey, 

Church Cross, 


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