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During the seven years of the Great Famine approximately one million people died. A million more emigrated causing Ireland’s population to fall by between 20 and 25 per cent. The initial cause of famine was a potato disease which ravaged potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s.
Galway rowers have been selected to compete at the under-23 World Rowing Championships in Italy next month, from 23rd to 27th July.
I believe that my grandfather, Ronnie Hackett, was surprised when my grandmother agreed to marry him. He was the youngest of six brothers and four sisters, born in the Blackrock area of Cork city. Many of the brothers having a medical qualification went off to see the world with the British merchant navy. But in their later lives all came back to Cork, and enjoyed a happy life fishing and shooting, and a little bit of medicine. Indeed there are several family stories about a brother’s wife apologising to a full waiting room for her husband’s abrupt departure ‘on an urgent medical matter’. Whereas in fact, the call was from another brother to come fishing.
Mark Kennedy, a driving force behind The Galway Famine Memorial committee and the Galway Famine Ship Memorial Project, will give a public lecture on The Famine tonight.
In Sligo town the library was. On the floor of a dusty old attic, the books hadn’t been moved for decades and, with the exception of some older local history journals, seemed to be of little interest. However, based on the promise of these journals, a deal was struck.