26 Jan

Lecture features Irish secret society

first_imgThe Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies hosted graduate student Jessica Lumsden for the Shamrocks and Secrets lecture series, which focused on early 19th century Ireland and the growth of a secret and frequently violent society known as the Ribbonmen.Although many rumors concerning the Ribbonmen still circulate, Lumsden said there are only a few established facts on the society and consequently little historical investigation into the subject.“What we do have is we have many, many police reports; we have letters of gentlemen who were actively investigating the Ribbonmen; we have newspaper coverage of Ribbon crimes; we have a collection of captured passwords and oaths and signs,” she said. “So you have all these things that indicate what Ribbonmen were up to or at least what they thought they were up to.”Lumsden said much of what we know about Ribbonism comes from the personal testimonies of informers claiming to be part of the society, as well as scattered references to Ribbonmen in Irish literature.The sources reveal Ribbonmen operated on both a local and national level, she said. On the local level, Ribbonism was primarily agrarian and the Ribbonmen were involved in “trying to control local trade, local land, local politics and do some local policing of the community.”On the national level, Lumsden said Ribbonism supported the nationalist movement and worked to repeal the Act of Union that both declared Ireland a part of Great Britain and merged the British and Irish parliaments.“Ribbonmen are actually critically important to Irish history, and they’re forgotten for a number of reasons,” she said.Emerging from the remains of a previous secret society known as the Defenders, the exclusively Catholic Ribbonmen became active around 1810 and gained traction between 1816 and 1824, Lumsden said.Violence was a key component of Ribbonism, and Lumsden said members often left “coffin notices” containing death threats. The 1816 murders at Wildgoose Lodge, in which the Ribbonmen burned alive an informant and his family, cemented Ribbonism’s status as a powerful secret society characterized by violence.“It caused uproar in Ireland,” she said. “This was violence that was not unknown, but it was violence that was attached to this secret society that was a new secret society, so that gave it some weight.”Lumsden said following a schism which divided the Ribbonmen into two factions – the Dublin Ribbonmen and the Ulster Ribbonmen – the capture and trial of the secretary of the Dublin Ribbonmen resulted in the collapse of Dublin Ribbonism.The Ulster Ribbonmen disintegrated soon after, she said, and by the mid-19th century, Ribbonism no longer occupied the position of power it once held.“The specter of Ribbonism really gets broken after the 1840s,” she said.The Ribbonmen’s legacy lies in their intricate national network, which Lumsden said enabled the persistence of Irish nationalism.“These Ribbonmen built this diasporic network of Irish nationalism and fed that fire and kept that network alive so that it could be used by later nationalist groups,” she said. “The Ribbonmen keep alive this nationalism, and then they spread it.”Tags: Ireland, Jessica Lumsden, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, Ribbonmen, Shamrocks and Secrets lecture serieslast_img read more

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14 Aug

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady, Jameis Winston could affect Week 15 QB rankings

first_imgWEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerPatrick Mahomes injury updateA hit in the first half Sunday had Mahomes getting up and shaking his right (throwing) hand. He never left the game, though. Andy Reid said afterward that he could tell Mahomes “wasn’t gripping all that well,” while Mahomes added, “It doesn’t feel great right now but it’s something that you play with.”Kansas City plays a tricky Denver defense in Week 15, and no, you’re not sitting Mahomes, but maybe you’d consider sitting a secondary weapon like Sammy Watkins if it seems like Mahomes won’t be playing at 100 percent.WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsTom Brady injury newsBrady attended his postgame press conference Sunday with his right elbow heavily wrapped. “I just got hit right on my elbow, it’s fine,” Brady told reporters. “Probably be on the injury report, but I’ll be there next Sunday (against the Bengals).”Brady’s elbow might not be enough to keep him off the field, but his play should probably keep him out of your fantasy lineups. He’s thrown multiple touchdowns just once in the Patriots’ past five games and often looks on a different page than his WRs not named Julian Edelman. Even with the great Bengals matchup, you might be able to do better than Brady in Week 15.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end Jameis Winston injury statusWinston missed the first series of the second half Sunday as the television broadcast showed him throwing on the sideline while Ryan Griffin was in at QB. Bruce Arians said after the game that X-rays revealed a tiny fracture in Winston’s right (throwing) hand. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPPIt was classic Winston on Sunday – 456 yards and four touchdowns paired with three interceptions. Assuming Winston is active in Week 15 against the Lions, he remains a maddeningly productive QB1. What’s more notable might be Mike Evans’ hamstring injury, but that didn’t seem to slow down Winston in the second half Sunday. Patrick Mahomes, Tom Brady and Jameis Winston all look likely to play in Week 15 despite getting dinged up Sunday. Things could change as we get additional injury updates throughout the week, but you can probably count on these three quarterbacks the same as you always would in QB rankings (although there’s a case to be made against Brady that you’ll see below). The fantasy playoffs would be a bad time for these QBs to sit out and force us to watch Chad Henne, Jarrett Stidham or Ryan Griffin.For news on banged-up WRs Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DJ Chark, and DeVante Parker, go here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for the latest on ailing TEs Noah Fant, Ryan Griffin, Mark Andrews, and Jared Cook, click here; for updates on injured TEs Gerald Everett, Evan Engram, and Greg Olsen, go here; for updates on WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, and T.Y. Hilton, go here; for news on RBs James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, and more, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy.last_img read more

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