|Irish Blackthorn Seller
The blackthorn walking stick (or Shillelagh) is cut from the sloe bush. It was once more a weapon than a walking stick. In Irish folklore it was believed that the fairies or "little people" lived in Blackthorn bushes.
|Postcard collection of Maggie Land Blanck, Not posted|
|The Doctor on His Rounds: visiting Fever Patients
The Illustrated London News, Apri 24, 1886
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Posted 1908 from Ontario, Canada to Buffalo, NY
Green was a simple of revolution in the late 18th century. An unofficial Irish flag with a green background and a gold harp served from 1798 to the early twentieth century as a symbol of Irish nationalism.
Associated with the Fenian movement in the 1860s it was also used by the supporters of Home Rule from Parnell's time to the fall of the Irish Parliamentary Party in 1918.
In many instances Erin Go Bragh (Ireland forever) was printed on the flag under the harp.
This version includes the ancient Irish goddess, Eire, instead of just a simple gold harp.
|The Illustrated London News, 1853, collection of Maggie Land Blanck|
Irish Petty Sessions
February 12, 1853
A local court hearing a complaint between two individuals where one accuses the other of beating him up. The accused was find 5 shillings for misconduct.
Petty Sessions were the lowest court in the land.
|Names - First|
One of the most common female names in Ireland. Almost every family in Ireland had a Bridget. However, the name was less used by the Irish American immigrants.
Pet forms of Bridget were: Bride, Dideia, Delia, Beesy, Biddy.
Biddy was the name usually given for the "typical" Irishwoman of the lower class.
Ellen, Eileen, Nellie, Nell, Helen, Ellie and Ella are all variations of the same name.
Maggie was a common Irish nickname for Margaret. It Irish for Margaret was Mairead.
Finnguala (f'un-ual-a) "fair shouldered" popular in Ireland until the late middle ages. Almost obsolete since the beginning of the 18th century. The name has been anglicized as Flora, Penelope, Penny, Nappy and Fenella. Nappy was popular in the west of Ireland among Irish speakers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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