Famine Memorial Sydney

When the Irish famine came to an end in the late 1840s, the workhouses were full to overflowing with those who were destitute, sick and unable to work. Over 4,000 orphan girls were removed from these workhouses and sent to the Australian colonies where they were to become domestic servants and wives to the many…

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One Irish name has been in the news a lot over the past 2 weeks – not just in the USA but all over the world. That surname is “Kavanaugh” – or “Kavanagh” as it more commonly spelt here in Ireland. So, I thought I would give us all a little welcome distraction as we…

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Leaving Newfoundland for Nova Scotia. We left Argentia in Newfoundland and arrived in Sydney Mines on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia about 24 hours later. Here is a video of Carina with the final glimpse of Newfoundland just behind her as we headed out to open sea: We were traveling to the “Maritimes” region of…

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Irish ruin

Todays letter is a little different – it features an imagined ancestral letter written by one of our readers as well as their imagined response. We start with a letter received in Ireland back in the mid 1800s from Nova Scotia in what was to become Canada: “Hello, My name is Lawrence Cavanagh and I…

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