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
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
Any proceeds from the book will go to the upkeep of the memorial in Ballyshannon.