Information on a Fenian who was involved in Millstreet’s turbulent past has come to light. Timothy Deasy had partaken in the American Civil War, before returning to these shores and leave his mark on history:
… The most important and prominent of the Ninth’s Fenians was Timothy Deasy (also spelled Dacey), whose story MacNamara included in his regimental history. Deasy attained the rank of first lieutenant in the Ninth and received a wound at the Wilderness, As a Fenian overseas, he led an uprising at Millstreet, Co Cork, and was later assigned to oversee activities in Liverpool. At three o’clock in the morning on September 1867, Col Thomas J. Kelly and Deasy were arrested by the by the English while loitering on the street after a meeting of Fenian officers in Manchester. Both were brought before a magistrate, and the case was remanded for a week while a rescue attempt was organised. On September 18, the two prisoners were being transferred from the Manchester Court House to the county jail in a police van, handcuffed, separated and guarded by twelve unarmed police officers. As the van passed under a railway arch, thirty Fenians armed with revolvers stopped it, shot on of its horses, and called for the prisoners freedom. When this request went unheeded, the small mob shot Sergeant Charles Brett dead inside the van, took his keys, and released Kelly and Deasy. Despite a reward of three hundred pounds for their recapture, the liberated Irishmen escaped to America while three Fenians were executed for Brett’s death… .
The three men executed for the death of Sergeant Brett famously became known as the Manchester Martyrs .
Lt.Timothy Deasy (USAMHI, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania)
-  From The history of the ninth regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry – page 34-35
-  From an article called “THE FENIAN MOVEMENT: An Account of its Origin, Progress and Temporary Collapse” published in the BROOKLYN EAGLE August 16, 1885
-  See the the detailed article on the Manchester Martyrs on Wikipedia
- Booklet on Timothy Deasy: Captain Timothy Deasy patriot – Irish American ; on the occasion of the unveiling of a memorial.
- Photos of the memorial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence, Massachusetts
- Timothy Deasy
Engraving depicting the rescue of Thomas J. Kelly and Timothy Deasy from a prison van during the Fenian Outrages. [*]
Smashing of the Van, 1867. Escaped Fenian Captain Timothy Deasy was buried in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, in Lawrence Massachusetts in 1880 [*]
Remembering West Cork Fenians and the Rescue at Manchester – In the early hours of September 11, 1867, two young men were arrested for loitering outside of a storefront on Oak Street in Manchester. Unknowingly, the apprehending officers had set into motion a series of events that would prove to be one of the great dramas of 19th-century Irish history …(West Cork People)
Kelly and Deasy Descendants Meet on Easter Sunday 2015 – For the first time in since 1867, descendants of Colonel Thomas J Kelly and Captain Timothy Deasy meet. This happened at the grave of Colonel Kelly… (TheWildGeese.irish)
On July 1st 2016, new Cork Mayor Seamus McGrath accepted a number of historical items from Mr. Bob Bateman, great-grandnephew of Capt. Timothy Deasy. Mr Bateman travelled from the US. The items will be on display in the museum in Millstreet:
Descendant of Captain Timothy Deasy visits Cork … (West Cork Times, 5th July 2016)
History of the 9th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (available free online, HERE):
Timothy Dacey, age 21, hatter, single, resident Lawrence, Mass, born Ireland
Enlisted and mustered as Corporal, 11 June 1861, for 3 years
Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant (Sept. 1862), and 1st Lt. (June 1863)
Slightly wounded at Laurel Hill, Va., 9 May 1864
Mustered out 21 June 1864.
“This Irish man fought with the 9th and was wounded in the Wilderness battles.”
— from the Lowell Daily Citizen, 22 July 1878: