#OTD in 1998 – In tribute to emigrants who sailed to the New World on coffin ships, Coillte announces plans for the establishment of the Forest of Dunbrody on the outskirts of New Ross, Co Wexford.

The story of Ireland is, in many ways, a story of continuous migration. Many disparate groups came to Ireland over the millennia, each one leaving their mark on the character of the island. Early Stone-age settlers came, and were followed by the Iron-age Celts. Viking traders founded the first towns in Ireland. Christian missionaries built […]

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#OTD in 1877 – Birth of nationalist revolutionary, Michael O’Hanrahan, who was executed for his active role in the 1916 Easter Rising, in New Ross, Co Wexford.

 His father, Richard Hanrahan, was involved in the 1867 Fenian rising. The family moved to Carlow, where Michael was educated at Carlow Christian Brothers’ School and Carlow College Academy. On leaving school he worked various jobs including a period alongside his father in the cork-cutting business. In 1898 he joined the Gaelic League and in […]

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#OTD in 1998 – In tribute to emigrants who sailed to the New World on coffin ships, Coillte announces plans for the establishment of the Forest of Dunbrody on the outskirts of New Ross, Co Wexford.

The story of Ireland is, in many ways, a story of continuous migration. Many disparate groups came to Ireland over the millennia, each one leaving their mark on the character of the island. Early Stone-age settlers came, and were followed by the Iron-age Celts. Viking traders founded the first towns in Ireland. Christian missionaries built […]

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1998 – In tribute to emigrants who sailed to the New World on coffin ships, Coillte announced plans for the establishment of the Forest of Dunbrody on the outskirts of New Ross, Co Wexford.

The story of Ireland is, in many ways, a story of continuous migration. Many disparate groups came to Ireland over the millennia, each one leaving their mark on the character of the island. Early Stone-age settlers came, and were followed by the Iron-age Celts. Viking traders founded the first towns in Ireland. Christian missionaries built […]

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1998 – In tribute to emigrants who sailed to the New World on coffin ships, Coillte announces plans for the establishment of the Forest of Dunbrody on the outskirts of New Ross, Co Wexford. The public, and particularly Irish-Americans, will be invited to buy a tree in the name of their loved ones.

Coillte is to establish a forest plantation outside New Ross, Co Wexford to replace timbers used in the construction of the Dunbrody, a 176-foot-long replica of the ‘Coffin’ emigrant ships which left Ireland in the 1840s. The ship, which weighs 458 tonnes, will be the culmination of a two-year, £4 million project, the inspiration of […]

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Dunbrody Details Journey on Irish Coffin Ships

From 1845 to 1851, over 1 million people died as a result of the Great Hunger and another million boarded ships bound for Canada and the United States. Those vessels had anywhere from 160 to over 300 passengers crammed in steerage during the voyage across the Atlantic. These ships became known as “coffin ships” with […]

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1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Rebel Success in Wexford.

Rebellion continues with some success for Irish forces in Wexford. At Three Rocks, just outside Wexford town, 70 English militia are killed in a carefully planned ambush by Irish forces. In response to this and other action, English troops abandon Wexford town. At this stage, almost all of Wexford is in the hands of Irish […]

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