1871 – 33 Fenian prisoners, including Devoy, Rossa, O’Leary and Luby, are released by the British in a general amnesty.

The conditional amnesty of 1871 required those released not to return to Ireland for the term of their respective sentences for treason. Devoy, O’Donovan Rossa and three others: Charles Underwood O’Connell, Henry Mulleda, and John McClure boarded the S.S. Cuba bound for New York where the “Cuba Five” were greeted as heroes by their Irish brethren.

Photo – The Cuba Five: Devoy, O’Connell, Mulleda, Rossa, McClure.

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