HomeNewsMortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US

Mortimer (“Morty”) Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US

Police arrived on the tenement home No. 445 Cherry Street in New York City in July 1874 and inside they found Mortimer Moynahan “in a dying state whereas the useless physique of his spouse lay in an adjoining residence”. 

The preliminary headlines of the day reported “Husband and Spouse Commit Suicide As A Reduction From Poverty”

Supply: Clipped from Boston Put up Boston, Massachusetts 14 Jul 1874, Tue  •  P

One thing didn’t appear proper to me about this story. As I dug deeper, and with the assistance of William Casey at the Skibbereen Historical Society, I got here to study that Mortimer Moynahan was a dominant chief within the Fenian Uprising in 1867.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US

Regardless of O’Donovan Rossa’s phrases, at present Mortimer Moynahan is basically
forgotten in all the historical past books.  

I’m so grateful that William Casey has examined Morty Moynahan’s life and work within the hopes that it “will go a
small option to redressing that ‘treason’” and I’m blissful to incorporate Morty Moynahan’s story within the Moynahan Scrapbook. section of my blog



One month previous to the tragedy, Morty Moynahan, his spouse and 5 youngsters (three women and two boys) had simply moved into the primary ground of the tenement constructing on Cherry St.

Neighbours described Morty as a “man of courteously gentlemanly demeanor very a lot hooked up to his household and of aesthetic tastes.” Their residence within the tenement home was “handsomely and tastefully embellished – a effectively furnished, judiciously chosen library forming one of many options within the principal room.”

It was recognized that Morty (born Carriganima, Clondrohid, Cork) had not too long ago arrived in New York from Skibbereen, Ireland and had engaged in journalism after arriving in America.

Cork, Eire: Distance from Clondrohid to Skibbereen

Morty’s revenue from journalism had declined a lot that it not supplied the monetary assets needed and three weeks previous to the tragedy, having not sufficient cash to feed the household, his three younger women had been despatched to the Catholic Protectory.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US

“Within the days main as much as the tragedy, the individuals within the tenement home, noticing the absence of Mrs. Moynahan, questioned her boy and he answered that his mom was in mattress. They had been obliged to be glad with this because the Moynahans had not admitted them to an intimacy that may admit of a extra direct inquiry.”

Finally, “fancying an odd, disagreeable odor issued from her room, they notified the police of the very fact.”  Enter Sergeant Groo and Officer King of the Thirteenth Precinct:

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Clipped from The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 13 Jul 1874, Mon  •  Web page 3

O’Donovan Rossa Himself Arrives At The Hospital

Within the days that adopted, it grew to become clear that Morty Moynahan was related to the Fenian motion in Eire and was effectively acquaited with O’Donovan Rossa (in NYC) who arrived on the hospital with a letter (containing cash) from Morty’s brother in Portland, Oregon.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Clipped from The Philadelphia Inquirer Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 13 Jul 1874, Mon  •  Web page 3

The 2 Moynahan boys dwelling within the tenement on the time of the tragedy (James and Daniel) fell below the care of the tenement landlord for a time.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Clipped from The New York Instances New York, New York 14 Jul 1874, Tue  •  Web page 5

This Tragic Story All Started In Eire – Skibbereen

These conversant in Irish historical past can have no hassle imagining Morty’s adolescence in post-famine Cork.

William Casey writes, 

“Mortimer Moynahan was born in Carriganima, north of Macroom, in the early 1830s. We know for sure that he had a brother Michael. In any other case,little is recognized about his household or their circumstances, although one supply said that his father, Daniel, was a lime-kiln employee.

Like others of his technology, Moynahan witnessed the devastation of the Great Famine (1845-52) at first hand. The inhabitants of his native parish of Clondrohid decreased by 29.2 per cent between 1841 and 1851.”

Mortimer was very well-educated (a beneficiary of the nationwide faculty system that was launched to Eire within the 1830s) He attended the national school in Carriganima and later grew to become a trainer himself after which later moved to Skibbereen (1856) the place he first met O’Donovan Rossa.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US

 Phoenix Nationwide and Literary Society 1857

The Phoenix Nationwide and Literary Society “was ostensibly a literary society related, in most respects, to these for mutual instruction and debate which had been so widespread”

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Supply:  “Mortimer Moynahan: the forgotten Fenian chief” by William Casey

Recruitment to the group was undertaken by many together with Morty’s brother based on the article under.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Clipped from Belfast Information-Letter Belfast, Antrim, Northern Eire 16 Dec 1869, Thu  •  Web page 4

Members had been largely middle-class Catholics from Skibbereen and “represented a brand new technology; the bulk had been younger males of their twenties and, by the requirements of the time, they had been effectively educated. (Supply:  “Mortimer Moynahan: the forgotten Fenian chief” by William Casey)

The Catholic Church and the State React  

The church threatened excommunication for whoever joined the Phoenix Society and the State despatched additional police (and spies) to Skibbereen. The group was infiltrated and on the eighth of December1858, twelve males had been arrested together with Morty.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
The Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth Packet, and Normal Advertiser Truro, Cornwall, England 31 Dec 1858, Fri  •  Web page 8

In line with William Casey’s analysis, “Moynahan and O’Donovan Rossa spent seven months in jail awaiting
trial. In July1859, a compromise was reached and in return for
pleading responsible the remaining prisoners had been instantly
launched on an understanding of future good behaviour.”

1861 Moynahan-Cunningham Marriage

Following his launch, Mortimer returned to Skibbereen the place he met and married  Mary  Cunningham and so they had 4 youngsters: Mary-Kate, born 1862, Julia, born 1863, Anne, born 1864 and James, born 1866.

Moynahan Arrested Once more in 1865

In September 1865, the authorities moved in opposition to the newspaper “The Irish People” (1863-1865) which was an Irish nationalist paper revealed in Dublin and arrested many related to it together with Moynahan.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US

Clipped from The Guardian London, Larger London, England 17 Oct 1865, Tue  •  Web page 5

1866 – The Moynahans Transfer To America

That is the place the story of our Fenian hero takes a flip for the more severe. On the twenty third of October 1866, Mortimer Moynahan signed Naturalization papers in New York Metropolis to turn out to be a citizen. A son Daniel was born in 1868 and the household is on the 1870 census though Morty is now going by the forename “John” and dealing as a bookkeeper.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Nationwide Archives and Information Administration; Washington, DC; NAI Title:
Index to Petitions for Naturalizations Filed in Federal, State, and
Native Courts in New York Metropolis, 1792-1906; NAI Quantity: 5700802; Report
Group Title: Information of District Courts

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
12 months: 1870; Census Place: New York Ward 7 District 13 (2nd Enum), New
York, New York; Roll: M593_1019; Web page: 461B; Household Historical past Library
Movie: 552518

Morty had on no account deserted the Fenian trigger after arriving in America. On the sixth of January1867, Mortimer Moynahan was appointed chief of the Fenian Brotherhood in America.

William Casey has achieved glorious analysis on Morty’s Fenian actions in America in his in: “Mortimer Moynahan: the forgotten Fenian leader” in 2017 for the Skibbereen Historical Journal Vol 13.

Sequel to the Cherry Avenue Tragedy

After the dying of his spouse in July 1874, Morty spent a while in Bellevue Hospital the place O’Donovan Rossa visited him. 

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
 Night Star Washington, District of Columbia 18 Jul 1874, Sat  •  Web page 1

Mrs Moynahan was buried on Sunday July 12, 1874 with O’Donovan Rossa, Gen. Bourke and lots of buddies accompanying the stays. Fortunately, a while after, Mortimer finally made an excellent restoration and was launched from hospital.

William Casey’s analysis confirmed the truth that Mortimer was additionally reunited with all of his youngsters based on a letter from his brother (12 Apr 1876)

Casey additionally reported that Mortimer returned to Eire someday in 1876 and sadly “life didn’t enhance for him. In June 1879, somebody from his native Carriganima enquired after him by way of a letter to the Irishman newspaper.” A physician from the Cork District Lunatic Asylum said that Morty had been a affected person there for the final two years. He died Might 10, 1881 with out even a point out in any of the newspapers.

Sadly, William Casey has not been in a position to decide the place Mortimer Moynahan was buried in Eire.

I proceed to seek for the whereabouts of the Moynahan’s 5 youngsters and brother in Oregon.

Mortimer Moynahan’s achievements had been by no means acknowledged in the way in which they deserve till William Casey wrote about him in: “Mortimer Moynahan: the forgotten Fenian leader” in 2017 for the Skibbereen Historical Journal Vol 13.

I’m so grateful for William Casey’s analysis and I’ve relied upon it closely right here. I imagine that he has achieved a fantastic deal to “redress the ‘treason” of Morty’s absence from the historical past books.

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US

In O’Donovan Rossa’s Personal Phrases

Morty’s pal O’Donovan Rossa died 29 June 1915 on Staten Island, New York and Hiberians in every single place payed tribute to the good Irish patriot.

Clipped from The Instances London, Larger London, England 30 Jun 1915, Wed  •  Web page 25

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Funeral procession of Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Trams drew to a
halt and crowds lined the streets because the coffin handed. O’Rossa had died
on Staten Island on 29 June 1915, however his physique was despatched again to
Eire for burial in Glasnevin Cemetery.
This picture was taken at Parnell Sq. East, or Rutland Sq. East as
it was then recognized..Supply: Wikipedia

In his e-book “Irish Rebels in English Prisons: A Record of Prison Life”, O’Donovan Rossa reminisced about his pal Morty “He who did probably the most in extending our work by way of the district was a younger man named Mortimer Moynahan who’s now battling the world within the nice metropolis of New York.”

Within the e-book, O’Donovan Rossa additionally joked concerning the ominous appropriateness of a tune sung by Mortimer which ends,

“… Maybe some darkish cloud gathers o’er us, 

Then allow us to be glad whereas we might.”

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Irish Rebels in English Prisons: A Report of Jail Life By Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa

Mortimer ("Morty") Moynahan (1833-1881) Get hold of US Obtain US
Irish Rebels in English Prisons: A Report of Jail Life By Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa

#Mortimer #Morty #Moynahan

Continue to the category


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -spot_img

Most Popular

Recent Comments