The following comment to a recent post of mine, this by Richard R. Mc Gibbon Jr. , had me perplexed for a minute, as I do know that there are lots of unknown and unsung hero's in our Irish History........ This blog is really about... if there is anyone out there on the Wild Geese World Wide, amateur or indeed a professional Historian, who could advise how and where this information could be accessed.............. I am willing to do the research if I am pointed in the right direction.
Richard R. Mc Gibbon Jr. : Well folks how about we discuss the different aspects of Irish history and include all our hero's regardless of age, sex, height, complexion, etc. The sad thing is that many people who helped with Ireland's fight for independence will never be known. Their job was intelligence gathering and that meant being one of the unknown hero's. Maybe we should try to connect the "dots" of history and see if their sacrifice can be improved upon by our generation to make Ireland, the USA and the world a better place, with freedom and justice for all. Slainte !
HERITAGE PARTNER Comment by That's Just How It Was :
To Richard R McGibbon JR. : I will endorse that line of history 100%. Where do we start? ..... Are files available anywhere in Ireland that would allow access to the public to search for all of these unknown hero's of our History? ....
If anyone out there has any knowledge of where to obtain files or documents that contain info on any unknown hero, please let me know. I will do the research if I know where to start looking.
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Forgotten Irish Catholic Hero for St Pat’s Day and the Centenary of the Easter Rising
Richard Jones; a man the British Empire couldn’t Break
Van Diemen’s Land, Australia: Richard Jones was a man that the British Empire could not break .
In June 1840 , A Dublin court sentenced a corn merchant’s clerk, Richard Jones to seven years transportation to the prison colony of Van Diemen’s Land for membership of the Ribbon-men. This was an agrarian secret society for Catholics that was established to prevent landlords from changing or evicting their tenants. The name came from a green ribbon worn as a badge in a button-hole by the members. It had a series of quasi Masonic codes and signs and had inspired awe in the Irish peasant classes.
Jones nearly succeeded in taking over his prison ship the “Isabella Watson” after persuading the British Army guards, who were mostly Irishmen to urinate in their muskets and thus render them ineffective. However, Jones was betrayed by a fellow Irish convict, Thomas Gorman.
Jones then beat a charge of Piracy in a Hobart Court by a clever strategy of subpoenaing the ship’s crew, just as the “Isabella Watson” was leaving Hobart harbor. When the crew failed to show up at court the Crown was unable to proceed and Jones and his mates were acquitted.
Jones was then dispatched under his original sentence to Port Arthur Prison and led a successful strike of 165 of his fellow prisoners. He inspired them to refuse to attend Protestant Services, and this forced the authorities to appoint Catholic prison chaplains. Jones was punished savagely for leading the strike and spent four terms in solitary confinement and a savage flogging with a cat o’ nine tail.
At this point Jones disappeared from history but he is featured in the recently released novel “Javelin Man Ticket of Leave”. The book’s author, Theo Flynn suspects that Jones made it to New York after his release and helped to plan the escapes of Civil War General Thomas Meagher, John Mitchell and the Catalpa rescue.
“Ticket of Leave” represents the first installment of the “Javelin Man” trilogy and is based on records and newspaper articles from the time. The book’s for adults as it contains sex and violence.
How the Story Came About.
"John Turner Flinn" dropped into my lap one Christmas holiday in the Northern Territory of Australia. It was too hot to do anything but watch videos and we became engrossed in a crime series set in the 1920’s. My girlfriend’s granddad was a gangster in Melbourne in that era so we looked him up on “Trove”. After seeing his press cuttings, we decided to dig into earlier generations and uncovered an array of London thieves, Swing Rioters, ships’ captains, a Chinese gold miner and a swag of wayward women.
I became jealous as my own family tree yielded a rather boring collection of Lancashire refugees from the “Great Hunger” of ‘47. Envy led to a series of “jokes” about “checking change” and “watching pockets”; the response went from polite smiles to “probably a lot of your bloody relatives were sent here as well!” I decided to check this and the first “Flynny” I saw on a convict website became my hero; John Turner Flinn. His convict record revealed he’d been an “officer and gentleman” in the Navy and contained a strange reference to the “Regiment” so I “Googled” further and found :
With material like this, I felt a duty to finish this novel; hope you enjoy reading it.”
Theo Flynn is the nom de plume of Tim Flynn. Tim has a distinguished record of service with the British and Australian Governments and a number of humanitarian organizations. He has served in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Mozambique, The Solomon Islands and the Australian outback.
Heritage Partner Comment by That's Just How It Was on March 16, 2016 at 7:55am
Wow... I am impressed, however, I do believe that you should put this blog on you own Blog site when all the Wild Geese Readers will get a chance to read it... and the fact that you may be related to a secret daughter of Royalty .. It is a lovely story and one.. that why I started researching my own family tree to write the book on my Grandmother ... That's Just How It Was .
We do not know what we may find .... Thanks for sharing this wonderful story