IUC, Revisited: People, Places & Events

This page includes people, places and events mentioned by American journalist William Henry Hurlbert in his 1888 political travel diary, Ireland Under Coercion: The Diary of an American. I am updating this list as I blog through the book. Entries are in alphabetical order, and some contain more than one link. Many of the links are to Wikipedia pages for source consistency. I am also linking back to my own relevant posts. As with the main series of blog posts, reader questions or suggestions are welcome. MH


Arthur James Balfour: Chief Secretary for Ireland from March 1887 to November 1891. He was appointed by his uncle Robert Cecil/Lord Salisbury, a three-time U.K. prime minister whom he succeeded in 1902. See post 2, post 3.

Dublin slums: Created after the Irish parliament was dissolved by the 1800 Act of Union. Hurlbert visited. See post 5.

Father Thomas Nicholas Burke: Irish Dominican priest. In 1872, he engaged with English historian James Anthony Froude in several New York City debates about Irish and Catholic issues.

Grover Cleveland: U.S. president from 1885, but lost the 1888 election to Benjamin Harrison. Four years later, he beat Harrison in the rematch.

Michael Davitt: Irish land reform agitator, labor leader and politician. His right arm was amputated after an 1857 cotton mill accident. See post 2, post 3.

John Devoy: Irish revolutionary and journalist exiled to America in 1871.

Patrick Ford: Irish-American journalist who advocated for Irish land reform from his New York-based Irish World newspaper.

Henry George: America economist and journalist. His 1879 book Progress and Poverty influence Michael Davitt. See post 4.

Edward Gibson/Lord Ashbourne: The Dublin-born lawyer drafted the 1885 Irish land purchase law known as the Ashbourne Act, after his County Meath peerage title. See post 5.

William Henry Hurlbert: American journalist and author of the 1888 political travel diary, Ireland Under Coercion: The Diary of an American.

Kingstown: Port town about nine miles south of Dublin. Known as Dún Laoghaire since 1920. See post 2. 

James Finton Lalor: Irish journalist and revolutionary who died nearly 40 years before Hurlbert’s trip. His writing about land reform in the periodical The Irish Felon influenced Michael Davitt and others.

Pope Leo XIII: In 1888, the pontiff issued several orders condemning agrarian violence in Ireland. A year earlier, he granted the charter founding the Catholic University of America.

Rev. Dr. McGlynn:

Charles Stuart Parnell: Irish Parliamentary Party leader who partnered with Michael Davitt in the 1880s to bring Home Rule to Ireland. See post 4.

Rathkeale: Town in County Limerick, about 20 miles southwest of Limerick city. Site of nationalist rally the night before Hurlbert arrived in Dublin. See post 2.

Colonel Edward James Saunderson. M.P. for North Armagh who spoke against Home Rule. See post 4.