“The Kilrane Boys”


April 13, 1844: thirteen "matchless youths" -- all named -- leave Wexford's Quay "bound for Buenos Aires, the land of liberty." "Foul British laws are the whole cause of our going far away ... with one for Dan O'Connell they boldly sailed away."


Ranson: "A centenary celebration was held in Kilrane on April 11th, 1944, to honor the memory of the emigrants, when the cart, which brought some of the emigrants into Wexford, was drawn into the procession." The thirteen are twelve men and a bride. - BS


  1. Ranson, pp. 74-75, "The Kilrane Boys" (1 text)
  2. BI, Ran074


Author: Walter McCormack of the Bing, Kilrane
Earliest date: 1943 (Ranson)
Found in: Ireland