02 Oct 2022

Offaly community to remember the 'Manchester Martyrs'

The men were executed in 1867

Offaly community to remember the 'Manchester Martyrs'  Credit: Reading the Signs

Offaly community to remember the 'Manchester Martyrs' Credit: Reading the Signs

A heritage group in Lusmagh are set to remember an Offaly native and his comrades who executed in Manchester 150 years ago.

On November 23, 1867, the Manchester Martyrs, William Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien were executed for the part the played in the rescue of the two Fenian leaders, Colonel Thomas Kelly and Captain Timothy Deasy.

Larkin was in fact a native of Lusmagh and had moved to Birr at an early age before emigrating to England.                             

On the exact date marking the 150th anniversary of these events, these men will be commemorated in Lusmagh on Thursday November 23, until Sunday, November 26.

The commemoration includes a dramatisation of their trial in Manchester and the final days of the Martyrs’ lives, as well as the unveiling of a memorial to Michael Larkin, which takes place on the Sunday. 

More information can be sought from the Heritage Office at Offaly County Council. 

If you have a story for us, sports news, an event happening in your area, or if you want to submit pictures or videos, contact the Offaly Express team via email to, or through our Facebook.


To continue reading this article,
please subscribe and support local journalism!

Subscribing will allow you access to all of our premium content and archived articles.


To continue reading this article for FREE,
please kindly register and/or log in.

Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.