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Lusitania: A Hundred Years on…

The Lusitania Conspiracy? By Dr Ken Baker View this Author’s Spotlight Paperback, 46 Pages This item has not been rated yet Preview Price: €10.00 Ships in 3–5 business days For one brief shining moment, the Lusitania, a British-built ocean liner, … Continue reading

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Gladstone & The Irish Question

What was Gladstone’s level of success in dealing with the “Irish Question”? He looked at the whole complex of issues in a fresh way and that gave the Irish Catholics hope for the future. Evidence for The disestablishment of the … Continue reading

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United Irishmen

The Society of United Irishmen was founded in Belfast in 1791 through the inspiration of a certain young Dublin lawyer named Theobald Wolfe Tone. He was invited to Ulster on the strength of the publication of his short pamphlet entitled … Continue reading

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Sligo Potato Famine 1845-6 (4)

A Poor Law had been introduced to Ireland in July 1838 which involved the division of the country into 130 “unions” consisting of a group of electoral divisions made up of a number of townlands. Sligo Union comprised 23 divisions … Continue reading

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Sligo Potato Famine 1845 (3)

Why was the famine in West Ireland not foreseen? Why were there no structures for support already in place? The major reason for the devastation caused by the failure of the potato crops was the lack of alternative resources. Father … Continue reading

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Sligo: Potato Famine 1845 (2)

An unknown disease had attacked the potato crops in the Eastern United States, ruining the harvests during the years 1843 and 1844. The likelihood is that some diseased potatoes from these crops were shipped to a few European ports. The … Continue reading

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Sligo: Potato Famine 1845 (1)

Between 1847 and 1851 over 30,000 people emigrated through the port of Sligo. On the Quayside, overlooking the Garavogue River, is a sculpted memorial to the emigrants. This is one of a suite of three sculptures commissioned by the Sligo … Continue reading

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Reassessing Cromwell in Ireland

Having taught History in both England and Ireland, it has been an interesting challenge to seek to obey the exigencies of the differing curricula when one approaches the topic of Cromwell. Recently –in England- he was shortlisted as one of … Continue reading

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CROMWELL: Sinner or Saint?

CROMWELL: Sinner or saint? Make an estimate of his successes and failures in the context of his biography

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