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THE

SECRET SOCIETIES

OF IRELAND

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

THE STORY OF YPRES

THE BOOK OF THE PISTOL

AUTOMATIC PISTOLS

A BUSY TIME IN MEXICO

THE

SECRET SOCIETIES

OF IRELAND

THEIR RISE AND

PROGRESS

By

CAPTAIN H. B. C. POLLARD
LATE OF THE STAFF OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE, IRELAND.

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Printed in Great Britaip by MACKAYS, LTD., Chatbam. FOREWORD.

FOR the purposes of this book I have undertaken a considerable amount of research, and have read all the existing books, pamphlets and contemporary journals, germane to the subject, upon which I could lay my hands. In most cases I have indicated, either in foot-notes or in the text, the sources of information quoted. Most of these sources are available in the libraries either of Dublin Castle, the Irish Office, or the British Museum.

In all cases where statements of fact appear which are not referred to published books or documents, they have been gleaned from papers which came into the possession of the authorities after raids, etc., or are from confidential official sources.

H.B.C.P.

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