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There was crying need for the Emancipation of Catholics which the Great Daniel O'Connell made possible. Catholics suffered unthinkable hardships in the time of the Penal Laws particularly in the matter of religious observances. It was behind big rocks and in secluded valleys they heard Mass.They had the awful experiences of seeing their beloved priests seized and hanged anywhere (any) everywhere. They were found after being subjected to every indignity that wicked soldiers could device.
Very striking evidence of the unity and faithfulness of the oppressed poor is to be seen at Kilcummin (not for