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Fenian Manifesto

During the middle of the 19th Century, a series of factors combined to create a new Irish patriotic movement. This organization was a revolutionary group dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in Ireland. It had its roots in both the United States and Ireland and was popularly known as The Fenian Movement, in honour of the Fianna, the ancient Irish warriors.

The origin of the term Fenian comes from Irish folklore. It described an ancient group of Knights who were self-reliant and had a passion for Irish land. So great was their passion according to the legend, they gave up a chance for world dominion to keep Ireland. This fit very closely with the beliefs of the modern movement and was taken as the organization name.

Times were hard for the Irish, and had been since England took control of the land. In the middle of the 1840's, however, things got much worse. The potato famine of 1845-1848 was a great disaster to the Irish population. In the space of three short years, the inhabitants of the country declined by over two million souls. Some of these two million people immigrated to America while most starved to death or died of disease.

After the famine ended, times remained very hard for the Irish. They never completely recovered from the disaster and many more Irish immigrated to America during the 1850's. Most of these people were of a very strong patriotic belief in their home country, and only left because they had to survive.
Paddy McCourts Fenian Army.
by jinkybhoy December 07, 2012
 
22.
Irish bandit from the 18th century. laterly term adopted in the US for Irish freedom fighters
the red coats wont go in the place is full of fenians
by Brian October 09, 2003
 
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inoffensive term used by protestants in the north of ireland to try and annoy the rightful inhabitants of the whole of ireland. comes from the fianna in irish mythology and then was hijacked by irish immigrants in the states to form the fenian brotherhood who fought for irish freedom by sitting in bars in new york and lamented about ould ireland who then went on to ram their country of origin down everybodys throat by having st patricks day marches and thanks to them 90 percent of americans lay claim to irish descent on one day of the year when it suits them.
the fools the fools they have left us our fenian dead.
by da origanal playa May 17, 2006
 
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a proud irish warrior with a superior intellect, a great artistic eye, talent for music and an unbelievable sexual prowess
stiofain x is a total fenian
by stiofain x January 03, 2004
 
25.
True Irish Warrior
Don't mess with a fenian he'll fuck you up!
by Main Clart April 07, 2003
 
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Bravest Irish men who ever lived
The Fenian men fought until not a one was standing
by Wilhelm January 25, 2004
 
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The Fenians were members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) in Ireland in the 1860s. They are essentially the pioneers of modern terrorism, and used violent methods in order to gain what they wanted - in this case they wanted Ireland to be made a Republic, separate from Britain and with their own Parliament.
Members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood were Fenians.
by oreosandlemons October 22, 2014