1876 – The murder trial of Edward Kelly, a member of the militant Irish labour group, The Molly Maguires, begins in Pennsylvania.

In total, twenty members of the group were found guilty of murder and executed. While the Molly’s were responsible for a large number of violent incidents, a number of those executed were likely innocent. The Dubliners were responsible for reminding us of this group with a stirring rendition of The Molly Maguires a song composed by Phil Coulter and Bill Martin.

The Molly Maguires by the Dubliners: https://youtu.be/F-QzI_qoa1A

Photo: Historical Marker Commemorating the Hanging of the Molly Maguires, Old Schuylkill County jail, Pennsylvania



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