Lawrence D Flanagan was the cousin my wife's grandmother. He was a Carmelite priest born in Moate, Ireland in 1882.
As a young man Lawrence Flanagan attended Blackrock College in Dublin where one of his fellow students was Eamon De Valera, the future president of Ireland.
In 1908 Flanagan, now a trained priest, went to live and work in New York. 11 years later his former college friend, De Valera, now a rebel for the cause of Irish independence, turned up in New York having escaped from Lincoln Jail.
This is the story of how the Carmelite order in New York gave shelter to De Valera and other Irish rebels and helped to gain American support for the cause of Irish independence which was achieved in 1922.
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