The 'Manchester Martyrs', also known as 'The Three Fenians', were Irish nationalists who were executed for the killing of a policeman during a prison break. William Philip Allen from Tipperary aged 19, Michael Larkin from Lusmagh, Co. Offaly aged 30, and Michael O'Brien (aka William Gould) from Ballymacoda, Co. Cork aged 30 were hanged in Salford Prison, Manchester, England on November 23, 1867. These men were caught and convicted for their rescue of Colonel Thomas J. Kelly and Captain Timothy Deasy. The rescue took place on the Hyde Road on the borders of West Gorton and Ardwick, to the immediate south east of Manchester City Centre. Kelly and Deasy were both Fenians who played important roles in the failed Fenian Rising that year. Kelly had been declared the chief executive of the Irish Republic at a secret Republican convention, and Deasy commanded a Fenian brigade in County Cork.
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