This is a collection of photographs of members of the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) taken after the arrest of various members between 1865-1867. The collection was acquired by Walter McGrath, a Cork local historian. A note in the file is dated 8/10/70, and in Irish, states that copies of the photographs were obtained from the ‘Fenian Files’ in the State Paper Office in Dublin Castle.
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The IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) was a secret revolutionary organisation, founded in 1858. Its primary aim was to establish an independent republican government in Ireland. It was known as the Fenian movement in the 1850s and 1860s. The 1916 Easter Rising was organised by the supreme council of the IRB. The IRB was dissolved in 1924.