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    The History Show Sunday 29 September 2013

    The History Show Sunday 29 September 2013

    The Irish and World War One This August will mark the centenary of the start of World War One. We will be commemorating this anniversary on The History Show with special programmes and short items telling the stories of Irish people who were involved in the war. We will also be examining what was happening here during these turbulent years. Do you have relatives who were involved in the First World War? We would like to hear their stories. Email:
    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 ...


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