Part 1. Saved or Perished? RMS Titanic, Mayo relatives and their anxious wait

‘Liverpool, 4.30 p.m. Tuesday. Referring to your telegram re Titanic, deeply regret to say that latest word received is steamer foundered; about 675 souls, mostly women and children, saved’

Connaught Telegraph, 20 April 1912

How did the relatives of all those Irish aboard the RMS Titanic learn of the fate of their loved ones? Continue reading

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