Poster for the Raglan Music Hall
Printer: Wilkes & Co
Medium: Print on paper
1876 was a crisis year in Ireland. Food prices had slumped, leaving many Irish farmers high and dry. Compounding this, the Irish landlord class - most of whom were Protestant and ancestrally Scottish - did not reduce their rents. Poor harvests followed, and many previously comfortable farmers suddenly saw themselves evicted. This turmoil sowed the seeds of the Irish land reform movement, which would join its cause in time with that of the Irish Home Rule Party, who were demanding the reinstatement of an Irish parliament and limited independence from Britain. It is likely that Mr Feeney was connected to one or the other of these movements.