ON THIS DAY Parnell delivers famous speech in Ennis (1880)

ON THIS DAY Parnell delivers famous speech in Ennis (1880)

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Charles Stewart Parnell
Charles Stewart Parnell

On this day (September 19th) 134 years ago in 1880, Charles Stewart Parnell delivered his famous speech at Ennis, Co. Clare, in which he introduces the term for non-violent protest – boycotting.

Parnell asked his audience, ‘What are you to do with a tenant who bids for a farm from which another has been evicted?’ Several voices replied, ‘shoot him!’ Parnell answered: “I wish to point out a better way, a more Christian way which will give the lost man an opportunity of repenting. When a man takes a farm from which another has been evicted, you must shun him on the roadside, on the streets, in the shop and even in the place of worship by putting him in a “moral Coventry.” You must show him your detestation of the crime he has committed”

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