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Ireland: Galway National Land League Banner

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[Galway National Land League Banner]   [Galway National Land League Banner] images by Brendan Shaughnessy, 14 April 2010|
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The Galway National Land League Banner

Craughwell, Co. Galway: An Important Parnellite painted cloth Banner c. 1885, with portrait of Michael Davitt in an oval centre piece surrounded by national emblems, harp, wolfhound, & provincial coat of arms., with the words 'Craughwell in the Vanguard' words of verse from 'The West's Awake' on reverse, "....Let Landlords Quake We'll Watch Till Death For Erin's Sake." with a rising sun, a Stars-and-Stripes flag design and the words 'God Save Ireland.' Mounted on a horizontal pole, with looped decorated supports, label of W. O'Grady, Dublin, on reverse. Ref: G.A. Hayes-McCoy {pps. 175-177}.
The banner is on both sides emerald green, and it has a gilt fringe, portrait with some wear, but a rare and interesting survival from the Land League period, approx. 1.6 meters x 1.1 meters (5ft x 3 ft). The Irish National League was founded under the Presidency of C.S. Parnell in October 1882. The Land League of 1879, which preceded it, was suppressed following the issue of the "No Rent" manifesto in October 1881, shortly after Parnell was imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol.
Brendan Shaughnessy, 14 April 2010|