January 2015 Blog Posts (76)

'The Great Hunger' in Belfast

By Dr. Christine Kinealy

For many decades, the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 23, 2015 at 4:30am — 9 Comments

Spirits Production Figures for Ireland in January, 1849

Sometimes we hear doubts about whether there was food in Ireland during "The Great Hunger." Please look at the whiskey production published in the Athlone Sentinel on April 25th in the report brief report below:

"The quantity distilled in Ireland for the year ending Jan. 5th, 1849 was of malt: 34,897 gals; malt with unmalted grain: 7,957,000 gals;…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 22, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

'Ghosts of the Faithful Departed'

One of my brothers in Ireland gifted me a book entitled …

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Added by Lonnie on January 22, 2015 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

'The Great Hunger' in County Donegal

"Burying the Child" by Lilian Lucy Davidson

by …

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 22, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment


Heritage Partner
Author of - That's Just How It Was

 While there are many, many historical records that speak of the horror of the Famine ; my book -That's Just How it Was - is about an  individual  who struggled against all the odds to keep herself and her children out of the Workhouse. 

So from a very personal viewpoint- people who have emigrated from Ireland - will find the book to be an great insight into  their ancestors.   View the video below 

Youtube: …

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 21, 2015 at 7:58am — No Comments


Heritage Partner
Author of - That's Just How It Was

This a a blog that will give some excerpts from my book -That's Just how It Was' ; It will also give credence to the discussions on the Famine -- on The Wild Geese .

In my book [That's Just How It Was- video below 

Youtube: http://youtu.be/oT0oOa0jx28 ]

Research for my Book , That's Just How it Was - includes this excerpt ''claimed by Francis A. Boyle , Law Professor of the University of illinois at Urbana-…

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Added by That's Just How It Was on January 21, 2015 at 7:50am — No Comments

About Northern Ireland, An Interview by Alex McGuigin of The Plough & The Stars

Q 1: Just starting from scratch, can you introduce yourself telling readers where you are from, a little about yourself and explaining your mode of journalism/writing/production/directing?

 

My name is David Dinning. I live in Chicago. I started writing…

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Added by David Dinning on January 21, 2015 at 3:31am — 4 Comments

Grandma Gregory and the Pendergast Machine

Somewhere we have a penciled thank-you note from John W. Davis, who is about as famous as whichever team finished third in the National League pennant race in 1939. (It was the Dodgers, 12 1/2 games out.) Davis was the Democratic nominee for President in 1924, and he…

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Added by Jim Gregory on January 21, 2015 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

The Athlone Sentinel April 25th 1849 Report from Kerry

Tralee Thursday - Death from insufficiency of food and from dysentery are so numerous in this neighborhood that the funds in the hands of the relieving officers for providing for the living , in cases of sudden and urgent necessity are now absorbed into purchasing coffins for the dead. ......... "there were no cases of cholera today but the medical officer in charge states that the exhalations from the accumulated filth on the floors of the houses of the poor in the lanes of the town , and…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 20, 2015 at 6:49pm — No Comments

'The Great Hunger' -- How Many Died?

The Great Hunger was a natural calamity which was made into an appalling disaster by a selfish lack of assistance on the part of the British Parliament. Their disregard for large-scale human suffering in the land that they had made part of their empire only 44 years earlier bears…

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Added by Mike McCormack on January 20, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

'The Great Hunger' in County Roscommon

by Dr. Christine Kinealy…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: January 18 - January 24

MÁIRT -- On January 20, 1771, Don Hugo…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Cholera in Athlone - May, 1849

While P.S. Gilmore prepared for his departure from Athlone in September of 1849, the papers are filled with example of the depraved…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 19, 2015 at 5:30pm — 7 Comments

'The Great Hunger' in Dublin

by Dr. Christine Kinealy

While Dublin was less affected by the famine than almost any other region or county in Ireland, this is…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Irish Coffin and Convict Ships

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Added by Lonnie on January 18, 2015 at 8:00am — 10 Comments

'Jack Tar': Not a Pleasant Smelling Job

"Jack Tar" was a common English term originally used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal Navy, particularly during the period of the British Empire. By World War I the term was used as a nickname for those in the U.S. Navy. Both members of the public and seafarers themselves…

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Added by Dee Notaro on January 17, 2015 at 5:00am — 3 Comments

Are the Irish Natural Storytellers?

When someone says to me that the Irish are natural storytellers, I’m usually really pleased. I’m an Irish writer, and isn’t it the ultimate aim of all writers to tell a cracking story? The writing life is full of rejection and self-doubt. You draw hope and confidence from…

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Added by Caroline Doherty de Novoa on January 16, 2015 at 9:30am — 32 Comments

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