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Reply karen
5:50 PM on April 4, 2015 
Please provide a way to mute the music! Thanks!
Reply lorettamurphy
2:40 AM on March 24, 2015 
So how does one get unblocked from Spamcop? Sounds like the Pinkertons are at it again...
Reply Louise
8:16 PM on November 5, 2014 
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Reply lorettamurphy
10:30 PM on July 20, 2013 
Joann Rivera says...
watching "in search of the molly maguires" I became interested in wiggans patch and also because I am from mt carmel and Kulpmont. such sad stories draw me in. my irish roots also have made me very interested in the mollies. someday I would love to visit all pertinent areas to the mollies...i.e. Hibernian house. thank you for your labor of love!


Thank you for visiting Wiggans and for taking time to sign the guestbook. Indeed, the O'Donnell House Massacre was a sad and unnecessary example of what happens when hatred and bigotry are fueled by greed and injustice. The Molly Maguire era remains one of the most historically inaccurate periods of Irish American history. This site strives to correct some of the misinformation and ethnic defamation that was common during newspaper reports and other historical documentation of the time period; sadly, much of that erroneous, one-sided, and prejudiced information continues to surface today and is taken by many as gospel truth. The Molly Trials would have have been declared mistrials in today's world;yet, back in the late 1800's when all this occurred, they were successfully in sending over 20 men to the gallows. Corporate crimes were alive and well then as they are now;innocence is too often no match for money and power. Please learn all you can. It is word of mouth and sites like these that offer the side of history that you will rarely find in the history books of the time. And yes, visit the Hibernian House, the graveyards, the historical societies, Eckley Village, and other local sites. So many are now gone, like the O'Donnell House, casualties of time and lack of timely sufficient interest in historical preservation. Thank you again for visiting Wiggans Patch and caring about the O'Donnells. If you are interested in music about the Mollies and mining, please visit my band, The Troubles, website at http://www.reverbnation.com/thetroubles55. You may also be interested in my novel, The Pipes Are Calling, historical fiction about the event. It is now on Kindle. - Loretta
Reply Joann Rivera
8:06 PM on July 20, 2013 
watching "in search of the molly maguires" I became interested in wiggans patch and also because I am from mt carmel and Kulpmont. such sad stories draw me in. my irish roots also have made me very interested in the mollies. someday I would love to visit all pertinent areas to the mollies...i.e. Hibernian house. thank you for your labor of love!
Reply lorettamurphy
5:25 PM on May 6, 2013 
Patrick, I appreciate your visiting Wiggans and your feedback. This site is a labor of love. Much thanks. - Loretta

Patrick Miley says...
Loretta, This site is a great resource for the project I am working on.

My father was born in Summit Hill and is a descendant of Hugh McGeehan on his Mothers side of the family.

My father told me many stories about the Molly Maguires and they all dove tail with what you have on your page.
Reply Patrick Miley
5:42 PM on March 22, 2013 
Loretta, This site is a great resource for the project I am working on.

My father was born in Summit Hill and is a descendant of Hugh McGeehan on his Mothers side of the family.

My father told me many stories about the Molly Maguires and they all dove tail with what you have on your page.
Reply lorettamurphy
9:55 PM on December 29, 2012 
Dear Wiggans Visitors,

I apologize for the last several posts, however, I must let them stand as much as they make my skin crawl, perhaps mostly because I would like those visiting this site in the future to understand the depth of the hatred and bigotry that still lingers in the air in regard to the men known as the Molly Maguires. It is beyond me why anyone would want membership in a site that they trivialize and badmouth, which is why the individual below, in all three of the person's guises, was refused. I am sure, if you read them, you will see the posts were very transparent and were all made by the same person.

This website is a memorial for Charles and Ellen O'Donnell, and Ellen's unborn child. It will not be maligned or abused by anyone. It belongs to me and to those who want to explore a side of this chapter of history that you will not find in the history books. There are many other sources of Molly Maguire trivia and history which are readily available. Every one is free to form their own opinion but they are not free to come to this site and try to defile it with ugly, malicious posts of malevolent intent.

I thank all those who visit here in friendship. You are very welcome at Wiggans. Those who come in hatred and anger in their hearts, I am afraid, will be refused entrance. It is a free country and everyone is entitled to their opinion. However, while this is a site accessible to the public, it is NOT a forum for dispute and argument. Guest book comments are always welcome but harassment will not be tolerated and the person will be banned from the site. Future comments of the nature with which you see below will simply be deleted.

For those who wish to make a guestbook comment or become members of the site, members and posts will from now on need to be approved. There are many sites that have gone to this practice because of the type of stalking and trolling you have just witnessed here. I am sorry it had to happen here at Wiggans but these pages will not be victimized. Assassins attacked Wiggans once. They won't do it again under my watch. Thank you all for understanding. - Loretta