On May 7 1915, during World War I the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by German U-boat U-20.
The eighteenth century saw some of the earliest emigration from Ireland to the new American colonies. Here in Ireland this century saw the greatest confiscation of land from the majority Catholics and its re-allocation to Protestants.
The penal laws remained very much in force and the future looked anything but bright for Catholics or Dissenters [Presbyterians, mainly]. There was a greater fraction of the latter which looked to the new Colonies and indeed for the next eighty years they constituted the larger part of Irish emigrants.
It is more than two years since we listed, and gave details, of the more than thirty vessels sunk within the Carlingford Lough over the past century and a half, with great loss of life.
The fateful year of 1916 will long be remembered in world history. The Great War – the war to end wars – exacted a terrible toll in young men’s lives, especially at the Somme in France where in one day alone, 1 July, 19,000 young British troops – many of them, indeed, Irish (no part of Ireland was free then), some from Ulster and many from other parts of Ireland – perished in a fruitless attempt to relieve the French.
Those who continue to harbour dreams of a glorious future for Newry Canal are grossly misguided, to say the least: for most of the 19 mile stretch from Newry to Portadown it is so silted up (I estimate an average 3 inches of water)…
Considering the season of the year, the passage of the Hannah from Newry to
The plight of the poor has always proved a fruitful opportunity for unprincipled entrepreneurs to line their own pockets.
By the mid-nineteenth century records of Shipping Intelligence for British ports (including the
Overall the record of ships departing Newry for
The Irish famine, it hardly needs emphasising, had an enormous impact on the course of Irish history. Its ramifications impinged greatly not only on the demography of the country but also on its socioeconomic and cultural development.