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by matthewmacnamara
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: The Harvard Irish Survey
Replies: 0
Views: 73

The Harvard Irish Survey

In 1940 the publishers of this seminal work on Clare topics asked An Taoiseach,
Mr de Valera, to preface the volume. He did not appreciate some erotic details contained
in the proposed book, and declined the request.
A recent issue of History Ireland has an article about the incident.
by matthewmacnamara
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: Festival of Lunasa
Replies: 1
Views: 263

Festival of Lunasa

Would any person know of places in Clare where people celebrated the Festival of Lunasa?
I never heard of it in Meelick,
a place from which the Irish language disappeared earlier than elsewhere.
by matthewmacnamara
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad
Replies: 10
Views: 1580

Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Most of the book deals with her life as a nun in France.
There are about fourteen pages at the outset about island life.
The island farmers were relatively prosperous.
by matthewmacnamara
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad
Replies: 10
Views: 1580

Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

Sheila,
The nun was Sister Rose Anne Ginnane
who wrote a book about her experiences

From Coney Island to Paris,
Litho Press, Midleton, 1989

Some decades ago I visited Coney Island in the Fergus estuary
and met a Mr Tom Ginnane still in residence there.
She lived through world war 2 in France
by matthewmacnamara
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad
Replies: 10
Views: 1580

Re: Recruitment to religious orders abroad, or from abroad

There was also a steady stream of Irish women into French and Belgian [French speaking] convents. Theirs is an unwritten history, difficult to write as the women were do dispersed. In effect they were absorbed into and across the vast French Catholic world in many different religious orders. There i...
by matthewmacnamara
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: an agricultural labourer's wages in 1884
Replies: 0
Views: 509

an agricultural labourer's wages in 1884

At a House of Commons committee in November, 1884 W. H. Sullivan, MP for
county Limerick, stated that the weekly pay of an agricultural labourer was
eight to nine shillings.
by matthewmacnamara
Sat May 23, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: roads pre-1830 meelick cratloe coonagh area
Replies: 12
Views: 22924

Re: roads pre-1830 meelick cratloe coonagh area

The Munster News of July 16, 1884 notes that Bunratty bridge has just been made free of tolls.
by matthewmacnamara
Sat May 09, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: counihan family limerick
Replies: 5
Views: 1427

Re: counihan family limerick

Many thanks Sheila, as always.

I was struck by the fact that the Munster News in 1880 seemed a bit more
sympathetic to Land League activity than the Limerick Reporter. Both papers
had a predominantly Catholic readership.
by matthewmacnamara
Fri May 08, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: counihan family limerick
Replies: 5
Views: 1427

counihan family limerick

In the 1880s a Counihan was alderman and mayor of Limerick. He was also proprietor of the newspaper the Munster News published in Llmerick at that time. Another was a solicitor. The name Counihan appears on a plaque on the Sarsfield Bridge. Would anyone know? Were the Counihans a Clare family? What ...
by matthewmacnamara
Fri May 08, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: emigration grief in Clare
Replies: 4
Views: 1833

Re: emigration grief in Clare

Dear Sheila, I return to Dialann Deorai under another aspect. It is its very positive comments on the on the British NHS. With its choice of doctor at his surgery it is away beyond the then extant Irish dispensary system. Mac Amhlaigh explicitly notes that this is much more respectful of the dignity...
by matthewmacnamara
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: emigration grief in Clare
Replies: 4
Views: 1833

Re: emigration grief in Clare

Dear Sheila,
There is also the book THE MEN WHO BUILT BRITAIN by Ultan Conway
Wolfhound Press 2001.

For me emigration was a fundamental Irish experience.
by matthewmacnamara
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: emigration grief in Clare
Replies: 4
Views: 1833

emigration grief in Clare

Dear Sheila, I return to the topic of the experience of emigration, this time on the side of those who left. In the 1960s a west Clare man was elected to the House of Commons as a Labour MP. His name was Michael O'Halloran. He had arrived in England as an emigrant. And in due course got involved in ...
by matthewmacnamara
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: emigration grief in Clare
Replies: 4
Views: 7734

Re: emigration grief in Clare

Dear Sheila, I return to the topic of the experience of emigration, this time on the side of those who left. In the 1960s a west Clare man was elected to the House of Commons as a Labour MP. His name was Michael O'Halloran. He had arrived in England as an emigrant. And in due course got involved in ...
by matthewmacnamara
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:26 am
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: McInerney 1898 postcard from Killawinna to Belgium
Replies: 22
Views: 12170

Re: McInerney 1898 postcard from Killawinna to Belgium

Dear Jimbo,

Thanks for that very rich historical follow up.
by matthewmacnamara
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Clare Past
Topic: McInerney 1898 postcard from Killawinna to Belgium
Replies: 22
Views: 12170

Re: McInerney 1898 postcard from Killawinna to Belgium

Dear Jimbo, For me your post is of considerable historical interest.Here we have a young Clareman from a farming family receiving his secondary education in Belgium. He may have been a junior seminarian, alternatively, the petit seminaire may have enrolled some non seminarians. Whatever be the case,...