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I'm sending a shamrock to remind you of home : Roscommon families and the Irish Diaspora 1875-1950

Author: Thomas Jr Callahan
Publisher: Dublin, Ireland : Glasnevin Publishing, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Three decades ago a chance meeting brought the author to the isolated Roscommon cottage where his grandmother, Kate McCormack and five of her siblings, over a century earlier, had bid tearful farewells to their family and sailed off into the west to new lives in America. This book follows their journey to a new land and the author's quest to come to know two generations of a family divided by an ocean and nearly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Jr Callahan
ISBN: 9781908689238 1908689234
OCLC Number: 849906845
Description: vii, 143 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue : an American wake --
Family origins --
Irish roots --
The hunt begins. The emigrants --
Going home --
The who left and who stayed. The McCormacks in America ; The McCormacks in Ireland ; The "homeplace" --
The passing of the torch. The second generation and historical records --
Epilogue : an American funeral --
Appendix 1 : Vital statistics --
Appendix 2 : Family tree.
Responsibility: Thomas Callahan, Jr., Rider University.

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"Three decades ago a chance meeting brought the author to the isolated Roscommon cottage where his grandmother, Kate McCormack and five of her siblings, over a century earlier, had bid tearful farewells to their family and sailed off into the west to new lives in America. This book follows their journey to a new land and the author's quest to come to know two generations of a family divided by an ocean and nearly forgotten by time. Along the way, the dramatic history of late-19th and early-20th century Ireland and America comes alive as the McCormack family and their neighbors struggle with the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by those turbulent times. The book demonstrates how the 'big picture' of history can be viewed through the individual portraits of those who make it and also addresses the difficult problems facing those who undertake such a project--to rescue the history of average people from obscurity by using the scattered remnants of their past. The McCormacks who make the long journey to America and the loved ones they left at home are long dead, but family photos, letters, oral histories, public and parochial records reveal the lives they lived"--Publisher description.

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