24 August-Napper Tandy

On Main Street Stradbally County Laois there is a Pub called ‘Napper Tandy’. It is one of several public houses in Ireland and abroad named after the Irish revolutionary James Napper Tandy. He is memorialized in the Irish ballad ‘The Wearing of the Green’:

I met with Napper Tandy, and he took me by the hand,

And he said “How’s poor old Ireland, and how does she stand?

James Napper Tandy was born in Dublin in 1740. He attended school in Ballitore County Kildare and became an ironmonger by trade. He was involved in several popular movements and led opposition to the building of the present Custom House in Dublin. He was elected as a member of Dublin Corporation and helped found a branch of the Society of the United Irishmen in Dublin in 1791.

As a result of his activities Napper Tandy was forced to leave Ireland. He lived for a time in Wilmington Delaware and moved to Paris in 1798. He was appointed Brigadier General by the French. He set sail for Ireland on board the Anacreon with soldiers and ammunition to take part in the rising of 1798. He landed on Rutland Island off Donegal on September 16th 1798, where he issued proclamations urging uprising and hoisted an Irish Flag.

When he heard of the defeat of Humbert at Ballinamuck, Tandy decided to abandon the venture. On the return voyage to France he was captured at Hamburg and brought back to Ireland. Following his trial at Lifford in County Donegal he was sentenced to death but was surrendered to the French on the demand of Napoleon Bonaparte. He lived in France until his death in 1803.

Napper Tandy died in Bordeaux, France in the year 1803 On This Day.

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