Thirteen years previously Bellew had been sentenced to death for treason following the misbegotten Young Ireland Rebellion of 1848. His sentence was commuted in 1849 and he was transported to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in Australia. He escaped in 1852 and fled to the United States.
McManus was one of a number of Irish rebels who were deported following the 1848 Young Ireland Rebellion. It was a very small scale poorly organized uprising which took place on 29 July 1848 in the village of Ballingarry, County Tipperary. McManus apparently never acclimated to life in exile in the United States and he died in poverty. His remains were returned to Ireland to a hero’s reception.
Photo courtesy of Glasnevin Museum.