Jemmy Hope, A Man of the People – Seán Cronin


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This important booklet on Jemmy Hope, one of the most radical leaders of the United Irishmen, was first published to mark the bi-centenary of Hope’s birth (25th August 1964).

The Templepatrick-born weaver commanded the famous Spartan Band under Henry Joy McCracken at the Battle of Antrim in June, 1798, and organised the workers of Dublin behind Robert Emmet in 1803. But it is as a social thinker that the name of this Ulster Presbyterian Republican and early trade unionist activist deserves to be remembered – in Dublin, Belfast, and indeed all parts of Ireland.

“Let us look to a higher motive than praise or profit – to promote truth, and labour together as Irishmen, bound by the love of country, which is a stronger tie than any other human obligation,” said Jemmy Hope, summing up his life’s work.

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