Irish Political Trials, 1793–1848: Associationalism, Emotion and Memory

  • Martyn Powell
Part of the Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice book series (PHPPJ)


This essay looks to establish commonalities within some of the major political trials in Ireland during the French Revolutionary period. The majority of the coverage dwells upon the period covered by United Irish activity, and focuses in particular on the Sheares brothers, but the run up to 1848 is crucial as it shows the ways in which trials of those earlier radicals influenced later trial performances, and the reporting thereof. There is a deliberate attempt to put the emotion back into the trial experience, as a mode of exploring the ways in which Irish trials could be associational and intimate settings – exhibiting a political culture in their own right.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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