Eoin MacNeil – was born in Co Antrim May 15th 1869 – the second youngest child in a family…Continue
"That's Just How It Was"
By Mary Thorpe
This work is a labor of love by the writer Mary Thorpe as a tribute to her much-loved Granny O Rourke (nee Nolan) in an attempt to place the stories she heard and was told into a true and historical context. As a social worker who came across many cases of social deprivation in modern times, in the various social work departments in which she worked in the southeast and northwest of England, Mary had the dawning realization regarding what her own grandmother had been through in even harder times in the late part of the 19th and early part of the 20th century in Ireland and sought to record this.
Mary uses the life of Bridget to celebrate the achievements of other women in Dublin and Bray, in fact, from all over Ireland, in this era, and as such, this story will be of interest to anyone with Irish ancestry. Mary hopes her readers will enjoy the mix of history and biography as an authentic record of times past and that this will be an addition to Celtic history from an empathetic and homespun point of view. Mary clearly believes that our roots are as important just as our word is our bond.
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Between 1844 and 1854, when Patrick and Anne Nolan were born (Bridget’s parents), Ireland was suffering the worst famine ever known in its history, as the potato crop, the staple diet, had failed. This had been caused by a fungal infestation that attacked the roots of the potato, which in turn caused most…Continue
This work is a labour of love by the writer Mary Thorpe as a tribute to her much-loved Granny O’Rourke (nee Nolan). It is an attempt to place the stories she heard throughout her life into a true and historical context. As a modern social worker who came across many cases of social deprivation in various social-work…Continue
The oldest harp on which the ‘official’ national emblem of Ireland is based is housed in the Long Room at Trinity College, Dublin. Two other medieval harps that have also been preserved from that era, are housed in The Museum of Scotland: The Queen Mary Harp 15th century - and the Lamont Harp [date being…Continue
The shamrock is thought by many Irish people globally, to be grown exclusively in Ireland, in Irish soil. Some sources would argue that this is a myth however and was perpetrated by entrepreneurial business people and owes more to their…Continue