Mary Mc Connell entered the workhouse in Belfast in July 1847 as an orphan and a pauper.
‘Unsettled’ by Gay Lynch breaks new ground in Irish Australian fiction. It is aptly titled.
This is a love story, one that could be easily summarised in a single paragraph, but that would be to demean it. Because it is above all a paean to a simpler time, simpler people and a simpler meaning of happiness.
Poems from the Leitrim soil….
Stories about women who made an indelible impression on their children are often preserved in family folklore handed down the generations, but memory of Margaret Cooke doesn’t appear to have survived in this way…
A bush poet turns his mind to his Famine ancestors.
Anyone who has dabbled in researching Famine Orphan girls will recognise the vast amount of work and skill involved in this collection of histories.
An Irish Australian Book Festival at Celtic at Metro
Life was not easy for Jane and Bridget, two of at least fifty famine orphan girls who were gaoled in NSW from the 1850s to 1900.
Famine Orphan Girls memorial at Williamstown – 21 years on.