Friday, April 8, 2011

Liberty Day History Display from 2010--pt. 11

The Irish Rebellion

The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice. And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them. (2 Samuel 22:14-15, KJV)

The Irish Rebellion broke out in 1798. The Society of United Irishmen began a rebellion designed to oust the British from Ireland forever. The French Revolutionary Government decided to send help to the Irish because both countries hated the English. The French put together a navy and well over 10,000 soldiers and set sail for Ireland in what they termed the Expedition d’Irlande. The expedition was able to anchor near Ireland, but terrible storms prevented it from giving any support or landing any troops. With many ships at the bottom of the sea from storms and a few captured by the British, the remainder of the French fleet returned to France. The Irish Rebellion was crushed by the British at the Battle of Vinegar Hill, and God’s Hand was clearly seen in preserving the British Isles and confounding Revolutionary France.


Anonymous said...

Ireland's is a very tragic history.

The Irish were, in a question of justice, absolutely right in their independence, at least on principle. England has never had any right to involvement in the governmental affairs of Scotland, Ireland, or Wales, except for that particular species of right which is founded not on biblical law, but on force of might.

But nonetheless, those who fought for Irish independence were, in great majority, unpricipled, and highly truculent natural-law revolutionaries, rather than God-fearing freedom fighters. Their Roman Catholic theology, I think, had a huge influence on this.

Ireland has not been better off since gaining its independence; they are actually, percentage-wise, the greatest debtor nation in the world at the moment.

I would agree that God's confounding of the French in this incident is quite astounding. And let's keep in mind that Napoleon was no less imperialistic than the British government (he was, in fact probably more so).

I've really enjoyed this series of posts!

Buaidh no Bas,

Andrew R.

Faithful Legacy said...

And we have greatly enjoyed and benefitted from your comments, Andrew!

Mrs. Jachim and Jordan