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Harry Boland’s Manchester Roots

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One hundred years ago, Harry Boland along with his then friend and comrade, Michael Collins, carried out the audacious Lincoln Prison jailbreak to free Eamonn De Valera. As they were getting themselves ready, Harry and Mick stayed in Manchester with Harry’s aunt, Lily Sohl.

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One hundred years ago, Harry Boland along with his then friend and comrade, Michael Collins, carried out the audacious Lincoln Prison jailbreak to free Eamonn De Valera. As they were getting themselves ready, Harry and Mick stayed in Manchester with Harry’s aunt, Lily Sohl.

What people might not know is that this was part of a long association of the Boland family with Manchester. Harry’s grandparents, Pat Boland and Eliza Kelly, were married in 1845 in St Chad’s Church. It’s very likely that they were Famine refugees from Ireland like so many thousands of others. 

Harry’s father, James, was born in Thompson Street in the city.The Boland story in Manchester is linked to the IRB, the Manchester Martyrs and more.

Come and hear Donnacha DeLong, the great–grandson of Harry’s brother, Gerald, who was also born in Manchester, talk about Harry Boland’s Manchester roots.

Admission is free, but please register