An attempt to piece together the history of the elusive Famine Orphan, Bridget Gallagher of Donegal.
This novel is a paeon of love to Sydney and to Michael Davitt and the Ladies Land League.
Mary Mc Connell entered the workhouse in Belfast in July 1847 as an orphan and a pauper.
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…
Anyone who has dabbled in researching Famine Orphan girls will recognise the vast amount of work and skill involved in this collection of histories.
Named for the original builders, it is a public acknowledgement of the part played by the Irish in early Perth
Papers will range from Irish orphan stories, Mary Lee, women in the 1916 Rising and conscription, Irish nuns and identity, chain migration, women in World War 1, through to the 20th century ‘Troubles’ and abortion reform and neonatal deaths.
It is easy today to forget the extreme ways that nineteenth-century British society divided along sectarian lines.
In the eyes of Imperial social engineers, the Famine orphans were young marriageable women who would bring a stabilizing influence to a rough masculine colonial society.
Excerpts from an autobiographical piece by Michéal Ó Súileabháin