The Killing of Major Denis MahonThe Killing of Major Denis Mahon

Now, for the first time, award-winning journalist Peter Duffy tells the story of this assassination and its connection to the cataclysm that would forever change Ireland and America.

Author: Peter Duffy

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060840518


Page: 384

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At the height of the Irish Famine, now considered the greatest social disaster to strike nineteenth-century Europe, Anglo-Irish landlord Major Denis Mahon was assassinated as he drove his carriage through his property in County Roscommon. Mahon had already removed 3,000 of his 12,000 starving tenants by offering some passage to America aboard disease-ridden "coffin ships," giving others a pound or two to leave peaceably, and sending the sheriff to evict the rest. His murder sparked a sensation and drove many of the world's most powerful leaders, from the queen of England to the pope, to debate its meaning. Now, for the first time, award-winning journalist Peter Duffy tells the story of this assassination and its connection to the cataclysm that would forever change Ireland and America.

The Murder of Major Mahon Strokestown County Roscommon 1847The Murder of Major Mahon Strokestown County Roscommon 1847

Others saw it as revenge on a rapicious evicting landowner. This short book penetrates Mahon's dilemma of trying to recover a bankrupt estate in a grossly over populated part of pre-Famine Ireland.

Author: Padraig Vesey

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd

ISBN: 1846821193


Page: 64

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On 2 November 1847 Major Denis Mahon was murdered by an assassin near his home at Strokestown House. The murder sent shock waves through Ireland. Some saw it as part of a Catholic plot to execute Protestant landlords that would soon spread out of Roscommon into other parts of Ireland. Others saw it as revenge on a rapicious evicting landowner. This short book penetrates Mahonâ??s dilemma of trying to recover a bankrupt estate in a grossly over populated part of pre-Famine Ireland. Together with his agent he implemented a reform programme that created tensions among his tenants and these problems were exacerbated by personal disagreements with the local parish priest. The result was a series of events that changed not only the world of Roscommon forever but had repercussions to the Vatican and beyond.

Ireland s Great Famine and Popular PoliticsIreland s Great Famine and Popular Politics

Denis Mahon to John Ross Mahon, 14 April 1847, PM Papers, MS 10,102 (1). ... of Major Mahon, Strokestown, County Roscommon 1847 (Dublin, 2008) and Peter Duffy, The Killing of Major Denis Mahon: A Mystery of Old Ireland (Boston, 2007).

Author: Enda Delaney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134757985


Page: 240

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Ireland’s Great Famine of 1845–52 was among the most devastating food crises in modern history. A country of some eight-and-a-half-million people lost one million to hunger and disease and another million to emigration. According to land activist Michael Davitt, the starving made little or no effort to assert "the animal’s right to existence," passively accepting their fate. But the poor did resist. In word and deed, they defied landlords, merchants and agents of the state: they rioted for food, opposed rent and rate collection, challenged the decisions of those controlling relief works, and scorned clergymen who attributed their suffering to the Almighty. The essays collected here examine the full range of resistance in the Great Famine, and illuminate how the crisis itself transformed popular politics. Contributors include distinguished scholars of modern Ireland and emerging historians and critics. This book is essential reading for students of modern Ireland, and the global history of collective action.

The Murder of Major Mahon Roscommon 1847The Murder of Major Mahon Roscommon 1847

Others saw it as revenge on a rapicious evicting landowner. This short book penetrates Mahonâ??s dilemma of trying to recover a bankrupt estate in a grossly over populated part of pre-Famine Ireland.

Author: Patrick Vesey

Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd

ISBN: 1846821193


Page: 64

View: 782

On 2 November 1847 Major Denis Mahon was murdered by an assassin near his home at Strokestown House. The murder sent shock waves through Ireland. Some saw it as part of a Catholic plot to execute Protestant landlords that would soon spread out of Roscommon into other parts of Ireland. Others saw it as revenge on a rapicious evicting landowner. This short book penetrates Mahonâ??s dilemma of trying to recover a bankrupt estate in a grossly over populated part of pre-Famine Ireland. Together with his agent he implemented a reform programme that created tensions among his tenants and these problems were exacerbated by personal disagreements with the local parish priest. The result was a series of events that changed not only the world of Roscommon forever but had repercussions to the Vatican and beyond.


4 [Robert Whyte], The Ocean Plague, or A Voyage to Quebec in an Irish Immigrant Vessel (Boston: Coolidge and Wiley, 1848), quoted by Peter Duffy in The Killing of Major Denis Mahon: A Mystery of Old Ireland (London: ...

Author: Turtle Bunbury

Publisher: Gill & Macmillan Ltd

ISBN: 9780717168439


Page: 384

View: 631

Capture the spirit of an industrial, social and cultural revolution through this invigorating collection of historical portraits from the dawn of the industrialised world! Though it feels like an era marooned almost irretrievably in the distant past, the 1840s &ndash a decade of blistering social and cultural change – is only two lifetimes removed from the present day. There are, in other words, people alive today who knew and associated with people for whom the Gold Rush and the Great Famine were living memories. Having grown up in an Irish country house built that year, 1847 has long proven the source of inspiration and fascination for historian Turtle Bunbury. And in a bid to once more grasp the spirit of the age, he has over the years assembled an archive of the most remarkable stories from those twelve momentous months. Bristling with all manner of human life and endeavour, from American pioneers and German entrepreneurs to circus charlatans and down-and-out songwriters, 1847 is a collection of his most remarkable discoveries to date and a stirring portrait of a chaotic world surging towards the modern. By turns poignant, outlandish, curious and provocative, this is history at its most invigorating – as panorama, as epic. Praise for The Glorious Madness: ‘An absolutely brilliant book.’ Patrick Geoghegan, Associate Professor in History at Trinity College, Dublin ‘Turtle Bunbury’s open-handed, clear-sighted and finely written book comes fresh and, I might almost say, redeemed out of the moil and storm of controversy that surrounded the topic of the war, in a thousand different guises in the decades since its end. Turtle holds out his hand in the present, seeking the lost hands of the past, in darkness, in darkness, but also suddenly in the clear light of kindness – in the upshot acknowledging their imperilled existence with a brilliant flourish, a veritable banner, of wonderful stories.’ Sebastian Barry, author of The Secret Scripture ‘Turtle continues the wonderful listening and yarn-spinning he has honed in the Vanishing Ireland series, applying it to veterans of the First World War. The stories he recreates are poignant, whimsical and bleakly funny, bringing back into the light the lives of people who found themselves on the wrong side of history after the struggle for Irish independence. This is my kind of micro-history.’ John Grenham, The Irish Times Praise for Vanishing Ireland: ‘A perfect symbiosis between text and images – both similarity affectionate, respectful, humorous, slightly melancholic but never sentimental or nostalgic. This is invaluable social history.’ Cara Magazine ‘This is a beautiful and remarkably simple book that will melt the hardest of hearts. Bunbury has a light writing style that lets his interviewees, elderly folk from around the country, tell their stories without interference. It’s neither patronising nor overly romantic about the past; just narrating moving tales – The portraits by Fennell are striking, warm and dignified, with a feeling of being invited into people’s lives.’The Sunday Times

Irish Global Migration and MemoryIrish Global Migration and Memory

Mahon's story is told rather well in Duffy, The Killing of Major Denis Mahon. Gallagher and Dompierre, Eyewitness Grosse-Île 1847, 340–356. Dr. Ciaran Reilly of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, has discovered estate records ...

Author: Marguerite Corporaal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315530796


Page: 140

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Irish Global Migration and Memory: Transnational Perspectives of Ireland’s Famine Exodus brings together leading scholars in the field who examine the experiences and recollections of Irish emigrants who fled from their famine-stricken homeland in the mid-nineteenth century. The book breaks new ground in its comparative, transnational approach and singular focus on the dynamics of cultural remembrance of one migrant group, the Famine Irish and their descendants, in multiple Atlantic and Pacific settings. Its authors comparatively examine the collective experiences of the Famine Irish in terms of their community and institution building; cultural, ethnic, and racial encounters with members of other groups; and especially their patterns of mass-migration, integration, and remembrance of their traumatic upheaval by their descendants and host societies. The disruptive impact of their mass-arrival had reverberations around the Atlantic world. As an early refugee movement, migrant community, and ethnic minority, Irish Famine emigrants experienced and were recollected to have faced many of the challenges that confronted later immigrant groups in their destinations of settlement. This book is especially topical and will be of interest not only to Irish, migration, and refugee scholars, but also the general public and all who seek to gain insight into one of Europe’s foundational moments of forced migration that prefigures its current refugee crisis. This book was originally published as a special issue of Atlantic Studies: Global Currents.

Contesting Economic and Social Rights in IrelandContesting Economic and Social Rights in Ireland

By the early 1900s, the country's major property interests, including banks, graziers, railway companies, breweries, and dairies as well as a ... Roscommon during the Famine, see Peter Duffy, 2007, The Killing of Major Denis Mahon.

Author: Thomas Murray

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316684177



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This book presents a political understanding of socio-economic rights by contextualising constitution-makers' and judges' decision-making in terms of Ireland's rich history of people's struggles for justice 'from below' between 1848 and the present. Its theoretical framework incorporates critical legal studies and world-systems analysis. It performs a critical discourse analysis of constitution-making processes in 1922 and 1937 as well as subsequent property, trade union, family and welfare rights case law. It traces the marginalisation of socio-economic rights in Ireland from specific, local and institutional factors to the contested balance of core-peripheral and social relations in the world-system. The book demonstrates the endurance of ideological understandings of state constitutionalism as inherently neutral between interests. Unemployed marches, housing protestors and striking workers, however, provided important challenges and oppositional discourses. Recognising these enduring forms of power and ideology is vital if we are to assess critically the possibilities and limits of contesting socio-economic rights today.

The Sons of Molly MaguireThe Sons of Molly Maguire

On display at the Famine Museum, which is located in Mahon's former home in Strokestown. 71. The Nation, Nov. 6, 1847. 72. Campbell, Great Irish Famine, 49; Peter Duffy, The Killing of Major Denis Mahon (New York: HarperCollins, 2007), ...

Author: Mark Bulik

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823262243


Page: 380

View: 843

An “incisive and original” history of the 19th-century Irish secret society that instigated America’s first labor wars in Pennsylvania Coal Country (Peter Quinn, author of Looking for Jimmy). A secret society of Irish peasant assassins, the Molly Maguires reemerged in Pennsylvania’s hard-coal region, organizing strikes, murdering mine bosses, and fighting the Civil War draft. Their shadowy twelve-year battle with coal companies marked the beginning of class warfare in America. But little has been written about the origins of this struggle or the peculiar rites, traditions, and culture of the Mollies. The Sons of Molly Maguire delves into the lost world of peasant Ireland to uncover the links between the folk justice of the Mollies and the folk drama of the Mummers—a group known in America today for their annual New Year’s parade in Philadelphia. The historic link not only explains much about Ireland’s Mollies—why the killers wore women’s clothing, why they struck around holidays—but also sheds new light on the Mollies’ re-emergence in Pennsylvania. When the Irish arrived in the anthracite coal region, they brought along their ethnic, religious, and political conflicts. Just before the Civil War, a secret society emerged, as did an especially political form of Mummery. Resurrected amid wartime strikes and conscription, the American Mollies would become a bastion of labor activism.

Irish Nationalists and the Making of the Irish RaceIrish Nationalists and the Making of the Irish Race

... 38–40; Peter Duffy, The Killing of Major Denis Mahon: A Mystery of Old Ireland (New York: HarperCollins, 2007), x, quoted on 159,161. 16. De Nie, Eternal Paddy, quoted on 121. 17. Curtis, Apes and Angels, 44, 43, quoted on 101. 18.

Author: Bruce Nelson

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400842230


Page: 352

View: 502

This is a book about Irish nationalism and how Irish nationalists developed their own conception of the Irish race. Bruce Nelson begins with an exploration of the discourse of race--from the nineteenth--century belief that "race is everything" to the more recent argument that there are no races. He focuses on how English observers constructed the "native" and Catholic Irish as uncivilized and savage, and on the racialization of the Irish in the nineteenth century, especially in Britain and the United States, where Irish immigrants were often portrayed in terms that had been applied mainly to enslaved Africans and their descendants. Most of the book focuses on how the Irish created their own identity--in the context of slavery and abolition, empire, and revolution. Since the Irish were a dispersed people, this process unfolded not only in Ireland, but in the United States, Britain, Australia, South Africa, and other countries. Many nationalists were determined to repudiate anything that could interfere with the goal of building a united movement aimed at achieving full independence for Ireland. But others, including men and women who are at the heart of this study, believed that the Irish struggle must create a more inclusive sense of Irish nationhood and stand for freedom everywhere. Nelson pays close attention to this argument within Irish nationalism, and to the ways it resonated with nationalists worldwide, from India to the Caribbean.

Double AgentDouble Agent

... difference in the world of counterintelligence. Duffy reveals new information, much of it from thousands of pages of FBI documents. . . . Both timely and significant.” —Dan's Papers ALSO BY PETER DUFFY The Killing of Major Denis Mahon:

Author: Peter Duffy

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781451667967


Page: 352

View: 640

Presents the story of a German-American double agent who worked undercover in New York City in a Nazi spy ring that resulted in the FBI's arrest of thirty-three Nazi spies on December 11, 1941.

The Great Irish Potato FamineThe Great Irish Potato Famine

Duffy, Peter, The killing of Major Denis Mahon: a mystery of old Ireland. New York, 2007. Edwards, R.D., and T.D. Williams (eds), The great famine: studies in Irish history, 1845–52. New York, 1957. Eiríksson, Andrés, and Cormac Ó Gráda ...

Author: James S Donnelly

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780752486932


Page: 160

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In the century before the great famine of the late 1840s, the Irish people, and the poor especially, became increasingly dependent on the potato for their food. So when potato blight struck, causing the tubers to rot in the ground, they suffered a grievous loss. Thus began a catastrophe in which approximately one million people lost their lives and many more left Ireland for North America, changing the country forever. During and after this terrible human crisis, the British government was bitterly accused of not averting the disaster or offering enough aid. Some even believed that the Whig government's policies were tantamount to genocide against the Irish population. James Donnelly’s account looks closely at the political and social consequences of the great Irish potato famine and explores the way that natural disasters and government responses to them can alter the destiny of nations. 'This is unquestionably the most comprehensive single account of the Irish catastrophe...' Professor Peter Gray, Queen's University, Belfast ' ... many historians have written excellent books about the great Irish famine ... Donnelly's is the best and most comprehensive of them all.' Kerby Miller, Middlebush Professor of History, University of Missouri, Columbia 'James Donnelly's book is likely to become the classic account of the Great Famine, and the first port of call for both students and general readers.' Professor Peter Gray, Queen's University, Belfast

Giant s CausewayGiant s Causeway

Douglas, Janet. “A Cherished Friendship: Julia Griffiths Crofts and Frederick Douglass.” Slavery and Abolition: A Journal of Slave and PostSlave Studies 33 (May 2012): 265–74. Duffy, Peter. The Killing of Major Denis Mahon.

Author: Tom Chaffin

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813936116


Page: 368

View: 398

In 1845, seven years after fleeing bondage in Maryland, Frederick Douglass was in his late twenties and already a celebrated lecturer across the northern United States. The recent publication of his groundbreaking Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave had incited threats to his life, however, and to place himself out of harm's way he embarked on a lecture tour of the British Isles, a journey that would span seventeen months and change him as a man and a leader in the struggle for equality. In the first major narrative account of a transformational episode in the life of this extraordinary American, Tom Chaffin chronicles Douglass’s 1845-47 lecture tour of Ireland, Scotland, and England. It was, however, the Emerald Isle, above all, that affected Douglass--from its wild landscape ("I have travelled almost from the hill of ‘Howth’ to the Giant’s Causeway") to the plight of its people, with which he found parallels to that of African Americans. Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, critic David Kipen has called Chaffin a "thorough and uncommonly graceful historian." Possessed of an epic, transatlantic scope, Chaffin’s new book makes Douglass’s historic journey vivid for the modern reader and reveals how the former slave’s growing awareness of intersections between Irish, American, and African history shaped the rest of his life. The experience accelerated Douglass's transformation from a teller of his own life story into a commentator on contemporary issues--a transition discouraged during his early lecturing days by white colleagues at the American Anti-Slavery Society. ("Give us the facts," he had been instructed, "we will take care of the philosophy.") As the tour progressed, newspaper coverage of his passage through Ireland and Great Britain enhanced his stature dramatically. When he finally returned to America he had the platform of an international celebrity. Drawn from hundreds of letters, diaries, and other primary-source documents--many heretofore unpublished--this far-reaching tale includes vivid portraits of personages who shaped Douglass and his world, including the Irish nationalists Daniel O'Connell and John Mitchel, British prime minister Robert Peel, abolitionist John Brown, and Abraham Lincoln. Giant’s Causeway--which includes an account of Douglass's final, bittersweet, visit to Ireland in 1887--shows how experiences under foreign skies helped him hone habits of independence, discretion, compromise, self-reliance, and political dexterity. Along the way, it chronicles Douglass’s transformation from activist foot soldier to moral visionary.

Breakout from Sugar IslandBreakout from Sugar Island

These acknowledgments would not be complete without mentioning my debt to Peter Duffy, author of The Killing of Major Denis Mahon, The Bielski Brothers, and his most recent, Double Agent. His thorough research on 19th century Ireland, ...

Author: Seamus Beirne

Publisher: Fireship Press

ISBN: 9781611793369


Page: 422

View: 496

When Michael Redferne pulls the body of twenty year old Maureen Kelly from a frozen Irish lake, something tells him he should leave well enough alone. But fear conquers instinct and he hides the frozen corpse in the ice house on Lord Preston’s estate. Unaware that sinister forces in the persons of Lady Preston and her lover are conspiring against him, he walks into a trap and is shipped in chains to Barbados, known as Sugar Island. Once there, Redferne joins thousands of African and Irish laborers who are forced to work in the cane fields from dawn to dusk under the cowhide whips of brutal overseers. The rising and setting sun becomes a doomsday clock, ticking off Redferne’s slow march to the grave. He must escape if he hopes to redeem his past and save his future.

Archaeological ThinkingArchaeological Thinking

The Killing of Major Denis Mahon: A Mystery of Old Ireland. New York: Harper. Dunn, M. L. 2008. Ballykilcline Rising: From Famine Ireland to Immigrant America. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. Orser, Charles, E., Jr., ed.

Author: Charles E. Orser, Jr.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442226999


Page: 190

View: 198

In Archaeological Thinking, Charles E. Orser, Jr., provides a commonsense guide to applying critical thinking skills to archaeological questions and evidence.

A Brief History of IrelandA Brief History of Ireland

Davis, Richard. The Young Ireland Movement. Dublin: gill and Macmillan, 1987. Donnelly, James S. The Great Irish Potato Famine. Stroud, England: Sutton, 2002. Duffy, Peter. The Killing of Major Denis Mahon: A Mystery of Old Ireland.

Author: Paul F. State

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9780816075164


Page: 408

View: 381

Follows the political, economic, and social development of Ireland from the pagan past to the contemporary religious strife and hope for reconciliation.


The Killing of Major Denis Mahon: A Mystery of Old Ireland. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publisher, 2007. Ferris, Amy. Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2009. Friedan, Betty.

Author: Eileen Flanagan

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 9781631529696


Page: 256

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At age forty-nine, Eileen Flanagan had an aching feeling that she wasn’t living up to her potential—or her youthful ideals. A former Peace Corps volunteer who’d once loved the simplicity of living in a mud hut in Botswana, she now had too many e-mails in her inbox and a basement full of stuff she didn’t need. Increasingly worried about her children’s future on a warming planet, she felt unable to make a difference—until she joined a band of singing Quaker activists who helped her find her voice and her power. Renewable: One Woman’s Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope is the story of a spiritual writer and mother of two who, while trying to change the world, unexpectedly finds the courage to change her life. With wit and wisdom, Eileen Flanagan shares the engaging journey that brings her from midlife spiritual crisis to fulfillment and hope—and, briefly, to jail.

The Eternal PaddyThe Eternal Paddy

34 Many Britons imagined that the Irish countryside teemed with conspirators and accomplices in outrage and murder. ... and attempted murders, the most famous of which was the killing of Major Denis Mahon of Strokestown, Roscommon, ...

Author: Michael de Nie

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 9780299186630


Page: 352

View: 835

In The Eternal Paddy, Michael de Nie examines anti-Irish prejudice, Anglo-Irish relations, and the construction of Irish and British identities in nineteenth-century Britain. This book provides a new, more inclusive approach to the study of Irish identity as perceived by Britons and demonstrates that ideas of race were inextricably connected with class concerns and religious prejudice in popular views of both peoples. De Nie suggests that while traditional anti-Irish stereotypes were fundamental to British views of Ireland, equally important were a collection of sympathetic discourses and a self-awareness of British prejudice. In the pages of the British newspaper press, this dialogue created a deep ambivalence about the Irish people, an ambivalence that allowed most Britons to assume that the root of Ireland’s difficulties lay in its Irishness. Drawing on more than ninety newspapers published in England, Scotland, and Wales, The Eternal Paddy offers the first major detailed analysis of British press coverage of Ireland over the course of the nineteenth century. This book traces the evolution of popular understandings and proposed solutions to the "Irish question," focusing particularly on the interrelationship between the press, the public, and the politicians. The work also engages with ongoing studies of imperialism and British identity, exploring the role of Catholic Ireland in British perceptions of their own identity and their empire.

The Remarkable Life of Frances Emily SteeleThe Remarkable Life of Frances Emily Steele

... people along the way, but I neither condoned nor participated in the killing.” “After careful consideration of the circumstances of this case,” said the magistrate, “I find you not culpable in the death of Major Denis Mahon.

Author: Ethard Van Stee

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595189359


Page: 244

View: 222

The Remarkable Life of Frances Emily Steele, a novel by Ethard Wendel Van Stee, is the story of the adventures of a headstrong young woman who willfully emancipates herself from the bonds of conventional behavior in the 19th century. As a descendant of William Marsden Brandt, whose story is told in Mr. Van Stee’s novel Moira’s Scythe, she is mysteriously affected by her heritage, which is expressed in a unique way. As a teenager, Frances has an encounter with a pair of operators who teach her an early lesson in human behavior. She marries young and after two years deserts her family in search of adventure in Ireland during the great potato famine. Narrowly escaping the noose, she flees to North America with the Molly Maguires. Still unhappy with her lot, she joins the Crimean War effort as a nurse and a spy for the British. Frances meets and befriends the Russian nurse Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. They leave the war together, heroes, and return to London where for many years they live most unusual lives in a fine manor house. Decades later, Kareena Faulkner, the irrepressible academic from Moira’s Scythe, with the help of graduate student Emily Elaine Carter, returns to unravel the mystery of Frances’s life.

The Great FamineThe Great Famine

During this time, numbers of process servers, drivers, bailiffs and the odd landlord were also shot at or murdered. The best-known incident relates to the assassination of Major Denis Mahon, the owner of the debt-ridden Strokestown ...

Author: Ciarán Ó Murchadha

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441139771


Page: 272

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Over one million people died in the Great Famine, and more than one million more emigrated on the coffin ships to America and beyond. Drawing on contemporary eyewitness accounts and diaries, the book charts the arrival of the potato blight in 1845 and the total destruction of the harvests in 1846 which brought a sense of numbing shock to the populace. Far from meeting the relief needs of the poor, the Liberal public works programme was a first example of how relief policies would themselves lead to mortality. Workhouses were swamped with thousands who had subsisted on public works and soup kitchens earlier, and who now gathered in ragged crowds. Unable to cope, workhouse staff were forced to witness hundreds die where they lay, outside the walls. The next phase of degradation was the clearances, or exterminations in popular parlance which took place on a colossal scale. From late 1847 an exodus had begun. The Famine slowly came to an end from late 1849 but the longer term consequences were to reverberate through future decades.

Ireland on ShowIreland on Show

... sum up Kelly's representation of the farmer who, having murdered the landlord's agent, now stands aghast at his crime. ... role of the local Catholic priest in the 'sensational murder' of Major Denis Mahon of Strokestown Park, Co.

Author: Fintan Cullen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351562119


Page: 252

View: 833

Looking past the apparent lack of a sustainable Irish display culture, this book demonstrates that there is a very full story to tell of the way Ireland displayed its art from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. Ireland on Show analyzes the impact of the display of art as a significant political and cultural feature in the make-up of nineteenth-century Ireland - and in how Ireland was viewed beyond its own shores, in particular in Great Britain and the United States. Fintan Cullen directs much-needed critical attention and analysis to a subject that has been largely overlooked from an Irish perspective. This study moves beyond museums, to address the range of art institutions in Irish cities that displayed art, from the Royal Hibernian Academy, founded in the 1820s, to Hugh Lane's Municipal Art Gallery, opened in Dublin in 1908. Throughout, the book explores the battle between the display of a unionist ethos and a nationalist point of view, a constant that resurfaces over the period. By highlighting the tension between unionist and nationalist viewpoints, Cullen uses the display of art to investigate the complexities of Irish cultural life before the founding of the Free State.