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In 1873 two Roscommon faction fighters were each able to pay [pounds]100 recognizances to avoid prison.
Justice Fitzgerald compared the faction fighters to African tribes then being "civilized" by the British: "The man and women of Ashantee were not half so savage as the men and women of Pallas and Cappamore.
Example from Clonmel Chronicle, 18 July 1888; Also see Patrick O'Donnell, The Irish Faction Fighters of the Nineteenth Century (Dublin, 1975); S.