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The Kerry Girls Christmas 2016

The Kerry Girls Christmas 2016

Radio Kerry will broadcast a one hour documentary on The Kerry Girls: Emigration & The Earl Grey Scheme, on Christmas Day at 2pm.   The documentary, produced by J.J. O’Shea will feature snippets from yours truly as well as a range of contributors.  Over a month in Australia in Spring of 2016, J.J. interviewed a number of […]

Kerry Girl Returns

Kerry Girl Returns

On Thursday 6th October I had the pleasure of meeting up with Noni Rush in Tralee. Noni Rush, is a great great granddaughter of Margaret O’Sulivan (Cooper) one of the twenty five Kenmare girls who left Kenmare Workhouse in early December 1849 for a new life in Australia, as part of the Earl Grey Orphan […]

The Kenmare Girls

The Kenmare Girls

On 6 December 1849, the John Knox sailed out of Plymouth with twenty five  Kenmare girls departing on the Earl Grey ‘Orphan’ Scheme for Sydney.   There were two hundred and seventy nine girls in all from Ireland on board. By October 1849, Lieut. Henry had been to Kenmare and made his selection:, ‘Lieut  Henry RN, Emigration Agent […]

Journal of Society of Australian Genealo...

Journal of Society of Australian Genealogists

I was delighted to get a very positive Review from the prestigious Journal of the Society of Australian Genealogists  – DESCENT (Sept issue).   My focus on writing the book was two fold – to tell people in Kerry about these girls, whom most of us had never heard of.  They had been ‘airbrushed’ out of […]