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    Fitzwilliam Estate Clearance

    Fitzwilliam Estate Clearance

    Wicklow historian, Jim Rees tells us that recent studies have shown that death from starvation and disease in this county was more common than had been previously realised. The Workhouses in Shillelagh, Rathdrum, Baltinglass and Rathdown were filled to overflowing. Eviction and emigration were also part of Wicklow’s famine experience. It has been estimated that the population of the county decreased by 21.5% between 1841 and 1851 – over 27,000 people. Landlords who were keen to get rid of “surplus” or unviable tenants were engaged in assisted emigration. The most important of these landlords was Lord Fitzwilliam, who owned an ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2013/0929/476635-the-history-show-sunday-29-september-2013/?clipid=1319242
    Message in a Bottle

    Message in a Bottle

    Oisin Millea is a ten-year old from Passage East in Co. Waterford who was walking on the beach with friends when he stepped over a Sprite bottle and saw something inside it. There was a picture on the piece of paper – it looked like a map. On investigation it turned out the message in the bottle had been written by two 12-year old girls who lived in Montreal. It was dated 2004. They wanted to make contact with whoever found the bottle. The girls, Charlaine Dalpe and Claudia Garneau who are now 20, are now in Ireland for a week as guests ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-john-murray-show/programmes/2013/0802/466040-the-john-murray-show-friday-2-august-2013/?clipid=1281046

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