“Father” Mawe and the Fenians – 18671203

A story is told commonly about the town of Tralee, and I have good reason to believe the truth of it. “Father” Mawe is the person referred to in the evidence of the Detective Head-constable Talbot, at the last Kerry assizes, as being singled out to be hanged by the Kerry Fenians as soon they got possession of the town. As the story is told, it appears that on Thursday evening last a deputation, consisting of seven of the work girls and servants of the town, waited on “Father” Mawe, at his house, to ask him to say masses for the souls of the three Fenians recently executed at Manchester, for which they offered him £5, which they were collecting for some days previous. “Father” Mawe refused to accept the £5, or to say the Masses, and retired up stairs, leaving the deputation in his parlour. They wrote a letter in the parlour, again requesting him to accept the offer, and sent it up stairs to him. He immediately returned, and, after lecturing them severely on their Fenian sympathies, threatened, if they did not at once go away, to send for the police. The members of the deputation were indignant, and defied him, and told him in words to the effect that it would be better for him to look out for himself, or they would do for him as was done for Brett. They then left, and went to Dr. Rushe of the Dominican order, who promised to take the matter into consideration. – Correspondent of the Daily Express.

Father Mawe and the Fenians - Cork Constitution 18671203

Cork Constitution, December 3, 1867