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James Carey joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1861, and soon after became treasurer. In 1881 he
broke with the IRB and formed a new group who assumed the title of the Invincibles, and established their headquarters in
Dublin, and Carey took an oath as one of the leaders. The object of the Invincibles was to remove all tyrants from the country,
and several attempts, but without success, were made to assassinate Earl Cowper and Mr. W. E. Forster.
No.1, the secret head of the association, then gave orders to kill Mr. Thomas Henry Burke, the under-secretary
to the lord-lieutenant, and on 6 May 1882 nine of the conspirators proceeded to the Phoenix Park (Phoenix Park murders), where
Carey, while sitting on a jaunting-car, pointed out Mr. Burke to the others, who at once attacked and killed him with knives,
and at the same time also dispatched Lord Frederick Cavendish, the newly appointed chief secretary, who happened to be walking
with Mr. Burke.
For a long time no clue could be found to the perpetrators of the act; but on 13 January 1883 Carey was
arrested and, with sixteen other persons, charged with a conspiracy to murder public officials. When arrested he was erecting
a mortuary chapel in the South Dublin Union, and the work was then carried on by his brother, Peter Carey. On 13 February
Carey turned queen's evidence, betrayed the complete details of the Invincibles and of the murders in the Phoenix Park, and
his evidence resulted in the execution (by hanging) of five of his late associates.
His life being in great danger, he was secretly, with his wife and family, put on board the Kinfauns Castle,
bound for the Cape, and sailed on 6 July under the name of Power. On board the same ship was a person called Patrick O'Donnell,
a bricklayer. He became friendly with Carey, without knowing who he was. After stopping off in Cape Town, he was informed
by chance of the real identity of Carey. He went with his victim on board the Melrose in the voyage from Cape Town to Natal,
and when the vessel was twelve miles off Cape Vaccas, on 29 July 1883, using a pistol which he had in his luggage, he shot
O'Donnell was brought to England and tried for murder, and being found guilty, was executed at Newgate on