Year of the French – Addergoole Connection

The French are in our Fairgreen -1798

Bliain na bhFrancach

Part 2

Less well known is the detail of what Addergoole people did in the 1798 Campaign. A book published in 1937 by Richard Hayes “The Last Invasion of Ireland” has this information. Here is the local story, told largely through extracts from the book where local oral historians gave accounts to Hayes. First, in Hayes’s own words: Continue reading

1912 Emigration was an Investment

Titanic Third Class ticket

“The Titanic when she was built was meant to make history. It never occurred to anyone – not even to her builders or her owners that she was destined to make history so suddenly and so certainly”

Belfast Evening Telegraph, 16 April 1912

On the evening of the 15 April 1912 the Belfast Evening Telegraph broke the news of the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic. The loss of eleven parishioners from Addergoole, though not straight away known, was not just a human tragedy but it also brought to the fore fears that would be reminiscent of times past. The loss of eleven members of the group called the Addergoole Fourteen plunged many families  into economic uncertainty. Continue reading

Famine and Deprivation

The threat of Blight and Famine was always prevalent

The Addergoole Fourteen emigrated from a part of Ireland that had experienced famine and deprivation through out the nineteenth century. Though popular history tends to concentrate on the monstrous effects of the Great Irish Famine it inadvertently diverts attention from the effects of the multitude of localized famines that affected communities similar to that found at Lahardane, The Titanic Village, and others throughout the island of Ireland. Continue reading