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The Foggy Dew

The Foggy Dew

This is an extract from a paper given by Andrew Scott to the 23rd Irish Australasian conference in Adelaide in December 2016.  The use of folk songs to help teach Irish history has not been sufficiently developed in Australia. The evocative power of historical Irish ballads can spark people’s interest in that history and can … Continue reading

ONLY NINETEEN

ONLY NINETEEN

Rosanna Flemming, an Irish Famine Orphan, had serious medical and psychological issues. It is not known what triggered them. We know that she lost at least two children in infancy, but perhaps her earlier experiences in Ireland played a part…. Continue reading

Floating Prisons

Floating Prisons

The Surprise, moored at the Cove of Cork, and the Essex, at Kingstown in Dublin Bay (now Dun Laoghaire), were derelict ships which operated as holding prisons for convicts from 1823 until 1837. Continue reading