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Travels in Ireland By Johann Georg Kohl
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A German traveller’s perception of Pre-famine Ireland, with explanatory notes and index added to the original text. This is a snapshot of an Ireland that was about to vanish. Two years after... More > the publication of this book, the Great Irish Famine ravaged the land, hastening the end of Gaelic Ireland and the Irish language. Kohl's journey took him through the four provinces and the cities of Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast. He encountered such men as Daniel O'Connell and the great temperance campaigner, Father Mathew. He talked to beggars in their huts, gentry in their countryseats and men of religion. He visited monastic relics, archaeological sites, linen factories steeple-chasing, and a range of diverse places, always reminding the readers of the poverty of the ordinary people, social injustices and the wretched conditions in the country. His commentaries are enlivened with information about the historic context and folklore associated with the locations he visited.< Less
Travels in Ireland, Part 4 By Johann Georg Kohl
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This is a reproduction of part of the original text of 'Travels in Ireland' by J.G. Kohl (1808-1878), German travel writer and historian, first published in 1844. It takes through Dundalk, Newry,... More > Belfast and the Antrim Coast, Rathlin and the Giant's Causeway. It gives a picture of Ireland prior to the Great Famine. Having visited the Boyne and New Grange, he spends an evening of Gaelic story telling and music. The neat orderliness of County Down is contrasted with the wretchedness of the rest of rural Ireland. Newry and Belfast are marked by of the emergence of new world of enterprise and mechanization. In contrast, his trip up the north coast is into the remnants of Gaelic Ireland. His account of life on Rathlin Island and his speculations on the origin of the Giant’s Causeway reveal the breadth of his informed interest in both folklore, scientific investigation and the emerging rationalism of his age. This edition has been enhanced by the inclusion of footnotes and an index.< Less
Travels in Ireland – Part 2 By Johann Georg Kohl
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JG Kohl's account of Ireland in 1844 gives us a glimpse of the years after Catholic Emancipation and before the Irish Famine. His journey took him through the four provinces. Part Two takes him to... More > Tarbet, Tralee, Killarney, Bantry, Cork, Kilkenny and Waterford. As a German traveller he makes insightful comparisons, not only with the British mainland, but with other parts of Europe. He visits isolated settlements, hedge schools, Killarney and meets the gentry, traders, fisherman and small farmers along the way. He comments on their struggles, lifestyles, habits, transport and customs. He examines the development of food processing in Cork and the export trade of Waterford. He revels in the beauty of the rivers that flow into the southern harbours of Ireland and discusses at length three great Irish passions of the time – horse racing, temperance and repeal. A wonderful resource for local historians and those of Irish descent who want to know how their ancestors lived. Footnotes and an index have been added.< Less
Travels in Ireland – Part 3 By Johann Georg Kohl
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This work was published in 1844 just before the Great Famine and is a wonderful resource for those interested in the period or simply in knowing how their ancestors lived. Kohl's journey took him... More > through the four provinces including Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast. Part Three took him through Wexford, Enniscorthy, Avoca, Glendalough and Dublin where he discussed innovations in education and infant schools as well as reflections on the '98 Rebellion and agrarian crime. He visited the Vale of Avoca and Glendalough, reflecting on Thomas Moore as well as early Christian Ireland. In Dublin he encountered Daniel O’Connell at a repeal meeting where he also examined urban poverty and the workhouses, as well as Dublin's museums and squares. Kohl’s interest in the people, ballads and folklore of Ireland, gives us a glimpse of a life which had resisted colonial oppression only to be devastated by the great calamity of the Irish Famine which destroyed a vibrant peasant culture.< Less
Travels in Ireland – Part 1 By Johann Georg Kohl
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This is the opening part of 'Travels in Ireland', by J.G Kohl, first published in 1844. It gives a glimpse of life in the years after Catholic Emancipation and immediately before the Great Irish... More > Famine. Part One takes us from Dublin through Edgeworthtown, The Shannon, Limerick, Edenvale and Kilrush. We get a contemporary view of landlords, both resident and absentee and how the latter contributed to the neglect and hardship of the rural Irish peasantry. Developments on the Shannon are examined, promising improvements for the West of Ireland and the desperate plight of the peasantry. Kohl’s interest in the people, ballads and folklore of Ireland, gives us a final glimpse of an aspect of life which had resisted colonial oppression only to be devastated by the great calamity of the Irish Famine which finally destroyed a vibrant peasant culture. This book makes a considerable contribution to our understanding of both local and family histories and is most welcome in print form.< Less

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