‘People are less defensive about being Irish now,’ wrote Bob Scally in The New York Times, back in the 1990s. That obviously referred to America, but applied to Australia also, now as then. Although ‘Irish’ was the third highest reported ancestry in the 2016 Australian census, at 10.2%, only 0.4% of the population in 2016 …
A summary of Irish role in history and literature of Australia, written prior to more recent research and publications in the area.
A voice from the next life recalls his time with use
Travellers have been acknowledged as a distinct ethnic group within the Irish population.
Snippets from the Irish newspapers.
Three more novels from Irish women writers, the first one set in Sydney
For many in Ireland, ‘Around the Boree Log’ was our introduction to Australia.
In the culture of the time, the father, considered the boss of the household in a patriarchal society, felt compelled to do his duty by barring his umarried pregnant daughter from living with the family. Considerations of familial love wilted when faced with the condemnation of neighbors, community and church.
Snippets from the Irish press by Frank O’Shea
Some good fiction reads for lockdown or self-isolating.