The 1798 Rebellion was an uprising by The United Irishmen against British rule in Ireland and lasted between May and September of that year resulting in the death of thousands. Last week marked the 220th anniversary of the event; passing almost unnoticed in the media, but many of our finest ballads can be traced back to then. The above recording is by Phil Coulter and tells the story of one Thomas Russell who played a major part in both it and a later uprising by his friend Robert Emmett. He was also a close personal friend of Wolfe Tone. Thomas Russell was executed in Downpatrick in October 1803. The ballad is by Florence Wilson. (1870 - 1946). With thanks to Ireland 1 who posted and youtube.