Monthly Archives: February 2011

England’s Great Exhibition of 1851

          Pictured above is the cast-iron and glass Crystal Palace (990,000 square feet enclosing 19 acres).  Built in Hyde Park at a cost of £150,000, it housed the ‘Great  Exhibition’ – a pet project of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. … Continue reading

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The Execution of Landlord Denis Mahon

Stokestown House, County Roscommon Irish Landlord Major Denis Mahon, owner of Stokestown House in County Roscommon, was shot to death in 1847 while driving his carriage four miles from his home.  Within an hour of the shooting, bonfires lit by the tenants of his … Continue reading

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The Vatican’s 1844 (Largely Ignored) Prescript to Irish Clergy

In 1844, a year before the Famine, at the urging of Prime Minister Peel’s Tory Government, Pope Gregory XVI* issued a prescript to the Irish clergy exhorting them to be obedient to (English) civil authority – i.e., to desist in their support of Irish … Continue reading

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