We are committed to resurrecting dormant or vanished memories of the Irish men and women who fought for Ireland, fled to the United States and died on American soil. They are part of a centuries-old tradition of resistance to English rule in Ireland, and Irish America is innately tied to them, their effort and their sacrifice. Remembering them, and indeed memorializing them, is our duty. This work helps us remember where we have come from and where Ireland is headed in its continuing journey towards reunification and independence.

We invite you to join us by supporting our financial and educational efforts!

Catalpa Six Grave Markers

The work of the Fenian Memorial Committee of America is centered on remembering the Fenians and other Irish revolutionaries who are buried in the USA. 

On Saturday, November 16, 2021, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, the Fenian Memorial Committee of America honored James McNally Wilson on the 100th anniversary of his death at the grave marker we had previously placed for him. He was one of the six Fenian escapees on the vessel Catalpa which sailed from Western Australia to New York in 1876.  The Fenian Memorial Committee has also placed gravestones for three other Catalpa escapees, Michael Hogan (Chicago) and Robert Cranston and Thomas Darragh (Philadelphia).  We also placed a commemorative stone at the gravesite of Father Patrick McCabe (Minnesota), who helped facilitate the escape and spent the rest of his life in exile as a parish priest in America. 

There are two members of the Catalpa Six who still have no headstones .  Our fundraising campaign for Michael Harrington (Macroom, Co. Cork) and Thomas Hassett (Doneraile, Co.Cork) is now in full swing, with the hope that their gravestones can be erected by the end of this calendar year at Calvary Cemetery in Queens, New York. 

Read more about the voyage of the Catalpa and the effort to recognize Fenians Hassett and Harrington at Irish America

We are pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has pledged a matching fund of $3,500 for this fundraising effort.  Every dollar that you donate will be doubled!  This will help us significantly with the remaining costs ($10,000) for the two engraved gravestones and ancillary expenses. Without you, our work cannot continue.  With your help, the brave Fenians and other Irish men and women like them will not be forgotten. 

Please help us to honor the two Corkmen, Michael Harrington and Thomas Hassett .  You can donate by sending a check made out to Fenian Memorial Committee of America.  It can be mailed to P.O. Box 10416, Cranston, RI 02910.  For more information, contact us by email via fenianmca@gmail.com or by telephone at 401-688-2463.

Go raibh maith agat aris! Thank you again!

I had a lengthy conversation with Mike–asking for help as usual–two days before he suddenly passed away. After assuring me that he would indeed help us on a project, we wished each other a happy Father’s Day before ending the conversation. As we have often heard from pulpits and theologians, we never know the day nor hour…I and all the members of my family and the advisors of the Fenian Memorial Committee of America are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful and graceful man. As one of our advisors, he never said “No” whenever we called him for help. We were from adjoining parishes in Brooklyn (Saint Theresa’s and Saint Joseph’s), but we never knew each other then. Years later, we met in Chicago because of our shared commitment to projects centered on Irish and Irish-American history and our desire for Irish freedom from English rule.
We will miss Mike’s honesty, his grace, his humor, his unquenchable curiosity and his kindness.
On behalf of my family and of the Fenian Memorial Committee of America, we send our condolences to Dorothy and all the kids and grand-kids.  
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Mike Morley’s Obituary

George Thomas McLaughlin
Fenian Memorial Committee of America

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