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Kane, Patrick


Biographical Note

Patrick Kane was born in Cloone, County Leitram, Ireland. He was descended from a long line of Irish rebels. His grandfather, Patrick Kane, was a leader of the Molly McGuires. Kane moved to Chicago, where he represented O'Donovan Rossa's paper The United Irishman for over twenty-two. Kane was a bartender for several years in the Old McCoy Hotel, before opening his own place and organizing the "O'Kane Tigers." This club was for many years a power in politics on Chicago's great West Side. He belonged to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division Eight, and was also a Secretary of the United Irish League, Branch 2. He was a member of the United Irish Societies, the Clan-na-gael Guards, and was a delegate to conventions of the American Association for the Recognition of the Irish Republic. Along with P.G. Smyth, James Keegan, James K. Fielding, and Joe Fogarty, Kane was part of a literary quintet that was ever critical, in prose and verse, of the mistreatment of Ireland by the British. He wrote for leading Irish papers both in the United States and abroad, including Irish World, The Irish Republic, The United Irishman, and the Chicago Citizen. Patrick Kane died in 1937.

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Patrick Kane scrapbooks


Scrapbooks created by Irish-American poet and advocate for Irish independence Patrick Kane. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings documenting Irish, Irish-American, and Catholic political and cultural affairs, as well as a small amount of correspondence and printed material.

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Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1912 - 1937