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Nov.07.2011
I'm trying to learn about the involvement of the Christian Brothers in Ireland, especailly fighting the Black and Tans.
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Oct.29.2011
A recent article in The Irish Times (Oct. 20, 2011) describes the discovery in 2005 of 970 skeletons of Famine (1845-1852)victims, more than half of them children. Excavators digging for a new shopping mall in Kilkenny found the bodies on the grounds of a Union Workhouse. Besides tuberculosis...
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Oct.24.2011
Admission is $5 ($4/BAC members). Books are usually available to purchase at event to have signed by the author. Jack O' Keefe- Famine Ghost November 20, 2pm Beverly Art center 1111th and Western Chicago Jack O’Keefe, the son of Irish immigrants, earned a Ph.D. in Literature, and attended the...
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Jul.30.2011
Below decks on a coffin shipl
According to Edward Laxton's The Famine Ships, 5000 ships left Ireland during the first six years of the Famine. About half the emigrants sailed to New York giving that city more Irish than Dublin.The cost of sailing to America was roughly twice that of passage to Canada, so for the landlord...
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Jul.30.2011
burial at sea
According to Edward Laxton's The Famine Ships, 5000 ships left Ireland during the first six years of the Famine. About half the emigrants sailed to New York giving that city more Irish than Dublin.The cost of sailing to America was roughly twice that of passage to Canada, so for the landlord...
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Jul.25.2011
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The creation of Famine Ghost: Genocide of the Irish: Richly illustrated, painstaking in the research done both in the U.S. and the U.K. by O’Keefe, Famine Ghost is a rare compilation of history and story-telling to educate all ages. “O’Keefe has delicately balanced history with touching...
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Jun.27.2011
Quaker kindness to the Irish                      Jack O’Keefe                                                                                     www.famineghost.com   Over a million people starved in Ireland during the Great Famine (1845-1850); two million more fled the country in “coffin...
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Jun.18.2011
The Queen’s visit to Ireland: Hope for the Future   In May 2011 Queen Elizabeth made the first visit to Ireland by a British monarch in 100 years since King George V in 1911. Gracious and friendly, she acknowledged the bleak record of past relationships between the two countries, particularly...
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May.25.2011
Graves at Katyn
In April of 1940 the Russian NKVD committed one the coldest crimes of the war--the murder of over 15000 Polish soldiers in what became known as the Katyn Forest Massacre near Smolensk. For years the Russians covered up their crime and accused the Nazis of doing it. Roosevelt and Churchill...
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May.13.2011
Famine blight
That it took a hundred yearsfor the Engish to apologize for the Famine comes as no surprise to students of Anglo-Irish history. In 1997 Prime Minister of England Tony Blair wrote to the organizers of a commemoration of the Famine in Cork:  "Those who governed in England at the time failed the...
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Mar.19.2010
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The Irish genocide committed by England cost over a million Irish lives. More than two million Irish fled the country. Only in the last fifteen years has there been acknowledgement by England, including an apology by former Prime Minster John Major. Mary Pat Kelly's recent historical novel Galway...
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Aug.17.2009
I've written a novel about the Irish Famine of 1845-1850. In Famine Ghost: Genocide of the Irish, a young man, Johnjoe Kevane, returns to Ireland and shoots the landlord who had evicted his family and caused their deaths. Led by an obsessed captain, the British dragoons scour the countryside for...
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