One Story from The Irish Land Wars – (#606)

Join Mike and Carina as they chat about just one reader story from the Irish Land Wars of the late 1800s. Our reader shares an amazing story of immigration and now understands the reasons why her family were so reticent about talking of their Irish family history.

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One Story from The Irish Land Wars – (#606)

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Welcome to Season 6, Episode 6 of the Letter from Ireland Show.

Join Mike and Carina as they chat about just one reader story from the Irish Land Wars of the late 1800s. 

Here is the story that was submitted by one of our Green Room members – and the one we discuss in this episode:

I’ve been tracking down my Galway ancestors since we last met in March. I’ve made terrific progress with an assist on tracking land records from Jayne! I’ve located all 4 families and more in the parish of Annaghdown: Moylan, Small, Carroll, Burke, and other extended: Glynn, Casey, Feeney, Leonard.

Well during this search, I got more than I bargained for by combining records & DNA search methods. Found many relatives in New Zealand & Sweden. But it was an Irish DNA contact living in Farmerstown, Annaghdown, Galway county that told me a very interesting & sad event, documented by newspaper articles in 1883 & a fairly new book written by Dean Ruxton in 2018 “When the Hangman Came to Galway.” 2 families are profiled in the book…mine is the story that takes up the majority of cv the book….about John Moylan & his wife Mary Small (my great great grandparents). Their story explained much about my great grandfather’s life & later actions as an adult. The repercussions of cv that incident on 19 Dec 1883 in Cregduff, Annaghdown had a ripple effect through generations. Really changed my feelings about my great grandfather and so wish my mother was alive so I could talk to her about this. Her feelings were very hard against her grandfather & I think if she understood what happened to him in his childhood….he was 12 at the time of the incident….and early adulthood after he immigrated to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891.  As sad as his life was, it is this type of knowledge that really fleshes out the person, who is usually lost to history as a one dimensional figure.

Phyllis McNeil, Conn, USA.

Here is a link to an article describing the coverage of the incident at the time in local and international newspapers.


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