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Irene McClanahan Flannery
Fictional Character
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1632;
Ring of Fire
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: New United States (born in the United States)
Religion: Catholicism
Date of Death: 1632
Cause of Death: Stabbed to death
Occupation: Organist
Created by: Eric Flint

Irene Flannery (born c. 1919 uptime, d. 1632) was an elderly, 81-year old retired school teacher, organist and widow who worked at Grantville's St. Vincent (later changed to St. Mary) Church. She was among those Grantvillians who did not assimilate well to the post-Ring of Fire world, and maintained anti-German prejudices.

Flannery broke ties with much of the community when she found German Hannelore Heinzerling cleaning the church. Flannery believed Heinzerling was not worthy to even be in the church, much less be responsible for its upkeep. A heated animosity developed between the two women, as Flannery was also fearful that she was being replaced by the much younger Hannelore. Father Lawrence Mazzare tried to reason with them, but Flannery refused to be mollified, and stopped talking to anyone but Mazzare.

During the Croat raid initiated by Albrecht von Wallenstein in 1632, Flannery refused to leave her home. Police Chief Dan Frost bridged telephone contact between Flannery and Father Mazzare in an attempt to convince her to evacuate. Flannery flatly refused before hanging up.

Flannery was cut down in her front yard by a Croat's sabre. Flannery had been berating the bemused Croat in the moments before her death. After the raid, Flannery's body was found in a flowerbed by a search party. The position of her body suggested that she tried to crawl back to her home in her dying moments. Despite the pigheadedness that caused her death, Flannery was brought to St. Mary's for burial at Father Mazzare's insistence. Few mourners attended her funeral.


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