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I'm Sending a Shamrock to Remind You of Home

Roscommon Families and the Irish Diaspora 1875-1950
by Dr. Thomas Callahan Jr.

Three decades ago a chance meeting brought the author to the isolated Roscommon cottage where his grandmother, Kate McCormack and five of her siblings, over a century earlier, had bid tearful farewells to their family and sailed off into the west to new lives in America. This book follows their journey to a new land and the author's quest to come to know two generations of a family divided by an ocean and nearly forgotten by time. Along the way, the dramatic history of late-19th and early-20th century Ireland and America comes alive as the McCormack family and their neighbors struggle with the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by those turbulent times. The book demonstrates how the "big picture" of history can be viewed through the individual portraits of those who make it and also addresses the difficult problems facing those who undertake such a project - to rescue the history of average people from obscurity by using the scattered remnants of their past. The McCormacks who made the long journey to America and the loved ones they left at home are long dead, but family photos, letters, oral histories, public and parochial records reveal the lives they lived.
 

About the Author

Dr. Thomas Callahan, Jr. is a Professor of History at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where he teaches Irish and British history. His research interests center around 19th and early-20th century Irish emigration. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the American Conference for Irish Studies and the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland.
He has published articles and presented papers at conferences in the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland, including invited lectures at UC Dublin and NUI-Galway. His current project is a study of conditions faced by passengers in steerage on trans-Atlantic voyages in the late-19th century.


Book Details:

Price:  €20.00 / STG £18.00 / $20.00

Size: 229x152mm

Binding: PB

ISBN-13: 978‐1‐908689-23-8

Pages: 156

Release date: 1st July 2013

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