The Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast #58 – Wolfe Tone & The Irish Rebellions 1796-98
I know, I know, it’s been 8 months since our last podcast. Sorry folks.
On this episode, our special guest is again Nicholas Stark, a 20-year-old wunderkind who David and I first met in Paris back in 2008, and who is studying at West Chester University in Philadelphia and a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society.
Today Nicholas regales us with the story of Wolfe Tone, a leading figure in the United Irishmen Irish independence movement and who is regarded as the father of Irish republicanism.
Although Napoleon doesn’t feature greatly in this story, as most of it takes place while his career was just beginning, it is a tremendous tale of the French Revolution, the Directory and the Irish independence movement and it leads to some wondrous “what if” scenarios.
What if the French has assisted the Irish in their rebellion?
What impact would a English defeat to the French and Irish in 1796 have had on the rest of the Revolutionary Wars?
Could England have survived a two-front war with one of those on it’s own doorstep?
The total Irish casualties in 1798 were 20,000 (more than Terror victims in French Rev except for Vendée), plus I want to add an acknowledgment of Cécile Déjardin and Stephen Dunford, who both have helped me with my research.