Was there a ‘gendered’ difference in the colonial experience of the first generation of Famine migrants? Did the women adapt more readily? Were women more willingly acculturated? Were they more independent in their choice of marriage partners? Was the regrouping of their family more likely to be ‘transitional’ than that of Irish men? These are questions about women’s role in their family emigration strategy that can, and still need to be addressed.
Although there has been continuing interest in Dr Mannix, especially since the celebrations for the centenary of his arrival in Australia, a number of puzzles about his career and personality remain. Continue reading
I cannot but highly esteem those gentlemen of Ireland who, with all the disadvantages of being exiles and strangers, have been able to distinguish themselves by their valour and conduct in so many parts of Europe, I think, above all other nations. Continue reading
There’s good reason that most archaeologists wouldn’t touch the subject of Irish origins with a barge pole: the topic involves a very unfashionable cultural historical approach to the archaeological record of a period of Ireland’s existence which is clouded in obscurity and entails a moras of issues that most archaeologists spend a lifetime trying to avoid. Continue reading
Tanka, conventionally used to celebrate nature and the seasons, is also perfect for registering the evanescent responses of the cultural outsider to new landscapes. Continue reading
From early May to early June of 2013 Diane Faheytook part, with Ali Cobby Eckermann, in the Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland. This tour was funded by the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and organised by Nell White, National Director of Australian Poetry Inc.
A priest who, in a conflict, declares: ‘The Church is not a democracy. I am the power here’ is simply putting himself at odds with such people. Continue reading
The British Government didn’t want to give food free because they thought it would make people lazy so they set up Public Work Schemes so that people could ‘earn’ the relief. Continue reading
we can still celebrate this Day for women and by women through many languages, colours and poetic dimensions. Continue reading
Events at the Celtic Club in March 2014 Continue reading