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Ireland’s Secret War for Independence

Lecture no. 14 from the course: The Real History of Secret Societies

Ireland’s Secret War for Independence

Taught by Professor Richard B. Spence | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

The Irish Republican Army was a tightly organized secret society battling the greatest power on Earth, the British empire, and, after Bloody Sunday, perhaps the best known. But they were not the first secret society to practice resistance in Ireland. Professor Spence introduces you to The Whiteboys, the Peep o’Day Boys, the Orange Order, the Sons of the Shamrock, Young Ireland, the Molly Maguires, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and more—outlining the effect these secret societies had both on Ireland and on America as they migrated to the United States.


August 26, 2019