Fenian Memorial Committee of America

We are committed to resurrecting dormant or vanished memories of the Irish men and women who fought for Ireland, fled to the United States and died on American soil. They are part of a centuries-old tradition of resistance to English rule in Ireland, and Irish America is innately tied to them, their effort and their sacrifice. Remembering them, and indeed memorializing them, is our duty. This work helps us remember where we have come from and where Ireland is headed in its continuing journey towards reunification and independence. We invite you to join us by supporting our financial and educational efforts!

Centenary for Fenian James McNally Wilson

On Saturday, November 16, 2021, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, the Fenian Memorial Committee of America honored James McNally Wilson on the 100th anniversary of his death. He was one of the six Fenian escapees on the vessel Catalpa which sailed from Western Australia to New York in 1876 (see program). McNally Wilson is buried in the same plot as his wife, Lucy and fellow Fenians Frank and Mary Byrne, who also fled the English--across the Atlantic--to America. The commemoration was followed by a social, fundraiser and remembrance of the Catalpa escapees at the nearby Galway Bay Pub. The funds will go towards tombstones for Michael Harrington and Thomas Hassett, both Catalpa escapees buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY.

At the Galway Bay Pub Social/fundraiser, we also presented Ed Johnson with the Fenian Memorial Committee of America Award for his longtime service and commitment. We would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who supported this campaign. For pictures of the event and a full list of donors, click here.



We regret to inform you that we have suspended contributions to FMCA via PayPal and credit cards until further notice.

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Fenian Memorial Committee of America
P.O. Box 10416
Cranston, RI 02910

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George T. McLaughlin
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