Francis Sheehy-Skeffington on WW1 and Irish Independence (February 1916)

A Forgotten Small Nationality

Ireland and the War

By Francis Sheehy-Skeffington

(Century Magazine, 1916)people_sheehy_skeffington

England has so successfully hypnotised the world into regarding the neighbouring conquered island as an integral part of Great Britain that even Americans gasp at the mention of Irish independence. Home rule they understand, but independence! “How could Ireland maintain an independent existence?” they ask. “How could you defend yourselves against all the great nations?” I do not feel under any obligation to answer this question, because that objection, if recognised as valid, would make an end of the existence of any small nationality whatever. All of them, from their very nature, are subject to the perils and disadvantages of independent sovereignty. I neither deny nor minimise these. Continue reading “Francis Sheehy-Skeffington on WW1 and Irish Independence (February 1916)”

Using interactive maps to highlight Limerick’s history

Over the past two years I’ve used various mapping tools to highlight specific aspects of Limerick’s history. The aim was to compress a complex topic into an easy-to-interpret visual.

The Limerick Tornado of 1851

An interactive map based on the writings and research of John Tyrrell, Dept. of Geography, (UCC). This map plots the path of a T4 level tornado as it tore through the centre of Limerick City. The Tornado occurred at 5.20pm on Sunday the 5th October 1851. The weather that day was described as “cold and blowing, with occasional showers” and as “overcast and rather gusty”. Griffin records that the temperature that day varied between 10 and 13 degrees Celsius.

Despite the force of the tornado, and the amount of destruction it caused, there was just one fatality, Thomas Ryan, who was struck on the head by a flying tile. This occurred on Carr Street. The track of the tornado was described as being “zig-zag” and it moved from west to east.

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Attitudes towards the Travelling Community in Ireland (1911-1913)

Attitudes towards the Travelling Community in Ireland (1911-1913)


6th June 1911: The Freeman’s Journal reported on a meeting of the Athlone Rural District Council. During the proceedings the chairman read out a letter that was sent to the council from Mr. Edward Shirley, who demanded that the labourers’ cottage which had been given by the Council to a “tinker named McDonagh” should be offered to him instead. The Council’s discussion of this case, and the amount of laughter it generated, reveals their attitudes towards the Travelling Community.  Continue reading “Attitudes towards the Travelling Community in Ireland (1911-1913)”