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The following is part of an email I have received from Anthony Begley an historian in Ballyshannon. A monument has recently been opened in Ballyshannon commemorating the girls who went from Ballyshannon Workhouse to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme and a book published. I have no financial interest in this publication but thought other listers may be interested in it.
Margaret in Oz.
> "From Ballyshannon to Australia. Memories of Famine Orphan Girls" by Anthony Begley
> The book tells the stories of 19 orphan girls shipped to Australia from Ballyshannon workhouse at the height of the Famine. The girls were from the Ballyshannon, Belleek and Kinlough areas. Lots of colour images from Ballyshannon and Australia.
> 60 pages printed on good quality paper with a photograph of the Ballyshannon Orphan Girls' memorial on the front cover (see attachment) and the Irish Famine memorial in Sydney on the back cover. The Ballyshannon orphan girls' memorial was opened on 18th May 2014 before a large attendance.
> The book recalls the world the orphans left behind in Ballyshannon and how each of the girls got on in Australia.
> Cost of book and postage as follows: Ireland €7; Great Britain £8; Europe €9; U.S.A. $13; Australia 14 dollars.
> For orders by post please send the appropriate amount by personal cheque to Anthony Begley West Rock Ballyshannon Co. Donegal. Ireland.
> Locally the book is available in The Novel Idea Ballyshannon and in Ballyshannon and District Museum.
> Any proceeds from the book will go to the upkeep of the memorial in Ballyshannon.
Great News!! The 1841/51 Census Search Forms are online to be viewed for
free on the National Archives of Ireland website at
These records are a mine of information - sometimes not so good, but
mostly, if you're lucky enough to have an ancestor who applied for the
old age pension from 1909 to the 1920s, there will be something to add
to your family research!
The best part is that scans of the application forms can be viewed too -
this is where the good info is.
There are still more of these Pension Applications too - I have a lot
that are held at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, but I
still haven't sorted them out yet.
All the best,
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