Liam McKone presents aspects of restoring independence to Ireland focused on Vermont and Quebec. These include Ira Allen’s arms deal in 1796, Vermont’s safe haven for the Patriote movement in 1837, and the Fenian Brotherhood’s attacks on Quebec in 1866 and 1870. McKone is president of the Fenian Historical Society and author of Vermont’s Irish Rebel, the biography of Captain John Lonergan, on sale at the event.
Born and raised on the Mexican border of Texas in 1937, McKone has embraced Vermont as his home in Cambridge since 1984. A former intelligence analyst with the National Security Agency with an MA in Military History, he writes about certain aspects of the struggle for Irish independence and the American Civil War of 1861-1865. The published history of Captain John Lonergan, who received a Medal of Honor for gallantry in leading his “Irish Company” at Gettysburg and was the head of the Fenians in Vermont, will hopefully be joined by several other books that are in the works.
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