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9780953045518: Beyond the Twelve Bens: History of Clifden and District, 1860-1923
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Beyond The Twelve Bens tells the story of the land that lies between the Twelve Bens and the Atlantic Ocean, and of the people who inhabited it during the years 1860 to 1923.
Having lived through the Famine, the tenant farmers in Connemara in the 1860s were fully aware of the vulnerability of their position and the possibility of crop failure recurring was high; for them the future held no promise or hope. If they stayed, there was a good chance they would watch their children die of starvation, fever or disease resulting from malnutrition. So they emigrated in their thousands, hoping for the promise of work and grasping any chance of enjoying a better life. Their passage was paid by well-meaning English and Irish gentlemen, who believed this was the only solution to Connemara's problems of poverty and want. But those who remained would, in the years that followed, find other solutions to these problems.
However, before freedom, came fame. The turn of the century found Connemara somewhat more prosperous. A railway line, linking Clifden with Galway, was opened in 1895 at a cost of 9,000 per mile. In October 1907, from the Marconi Station at Derrygimla, the first commercial wireless messages were transmitted and received across the Atlantic. It was at the Station also that the first transatlantic flight landed on 15 June 1919, on board were Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitton Brown. These events were to ensure Clifden's place in the history of world communications.
Above all else this book tells of the people of Connemara. For, be they rich or poor, their lives and their personalities went into the making of Connemara as we fine it today.

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Kathleen Villiers-Tuthill has a journalist's eye for the human interest story' -- Connacht Tribune

The author is good on the local "characters". The study is clearly well researched and is a notable contribution to local history. -- Sunday Independent
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First published in 1986. Revised Edition 2007, with additional illustrations. Beyond The Twelve Bens is still this authors most popular work and is in as much demand today as when first published in 1986.

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  • PublisherConnemara Girl Publications
  • Publication date1997
  • ISBN 10 095304551X
  • ISBN 13 9780953045518
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages252

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