The Wedding of Sweet Molly McGuire

An interesting photo-prompt from Rochelle with lots of historical content to explore. I have researched the Molly McGuire as a secret society during the coal mining disputes in the US. The existence of the Molly McGuire may have been invented to try and discredit the miners. The 1970’s film of the same name stars Sean Connery and Richard Harris.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

The Wedding of Sweet Molly McGuire

A hundred years ago, Seamus O’Leary brought a large bottle of Potcheen from Ireland, and he insisted it was drunk to celebrate his wedding. The little bottle contains the spirit of the old country, a reminder of the mists of Killarney and the warmth of the family around a smoking peat fire. Legend states the Molly McGuire blessed the bottles with a kiss. 

O’Leary disappeared in a Pennsylvanian coal mine before the Pinkertons denounced some Irishmen for defying a twenty percent pay cut.

Nowadays in our cellar, you can still hear Sweet Molly whisper, ‘Seamus, your secret’s safe with us.’

37 responses to “The Wedding of Sweet Molly McGuire

  1. 100 year old whiskey must certainly have some messages

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  2. Wonderfully descriptive, nice one James.

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  3. sure ’tis a blarney but a sweet one at that. slainte

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  4. Loved this mini-transatlantic saga!
    Pax,
    Dora

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  5. intriguing story. thanks for sharing.

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  6. michael1148humphris

    I once tried some ancient Irish liquor, it was great hic

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  7. A sweet story blessed with intrigue. Well done.

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  8. A ghostly mystery!

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  9. Woah.. ghost in the cellar. Good story

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  10. michael1148humphris

    Hi James, I am sorry that you are have difficulties commenting on my flash site… Sadly I am not very computer literate,

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  11. That was fun and intriguing from beginning to end. I must get hold of that movie.

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  12. I haven’t seen the movie, but now I’ll have to. Isn’t it funny how certain topics will seem to crop up in clusters at a particular time of your life? I just finished the third in Jess Montgomery’s series about the first woman sheriff in Ohio in 1925 (based on a true woman). The first was about the unionizing efforts in the coal mines of Appalachian Ohio, which is where I grew up and yet never heard a word! Thirty years later I met a descendant of the people of “Blair Mountain Massacre”. In addition, I’m tempted to buy your novel, “Missing”, but I’m in the middle of my fifth novel, about a missing child. Your’s is not like mine, but there’s a couple similarities — hard not to be. I don’t want undue influence, so I’ll read yours when I’m done!

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    • Yes, I find researching the mundane sometimes throughs up some true life history that is not generally known. I wish you well with your novel, my novel is more about the mother who is missing. Look forward to your next publication. Thank You.

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  13. Dear James,

    Oh this was so good. I love the ethereal ending.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  14. I like how you built your story around interesting history. Glad to know I can find the movie about Molly Maguire on youtube.

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  15. Ooooooo a sneaky drop indeed. And a surrounding legend to tell. Tale tales or truth. I’d raise a glass

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  16. I had no idea there was so much history. Fantastic little tale.

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  17. What a fascinating story. You prompted me to have a look at the history of the Molly Maguires. It seems they were reacting to institutionalised injustice with violence. I could well believe that the cellar of the prompt is haunted.

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  18. Lovely, poetic writing, James. I enjoyed your story very much.

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  19. Your story was intriguing and felt mystical. I really enjoyed it, James. Fact and fiction mixed together makes for a fantastic story.

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  20. I really enjoyed this tale, James. Beautifully done.

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  21. A gripping story surrounded by history, well written.

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