West Cork History

Catherine Morris’s recent book ‘Alice Milligan 1868-1953 (Four Courts Press) seeks to restore the lost reputation as one of the main drivers of the Cultural Revival from the 1890s and her father Seaton (1837-1916), Businessman Historian and Antiquarian Collector of Ancient Manuscripts.


The book outlines the cultural scene in Belfast in the 1880s and mentions the Belfast Naturalist Field Club ad personnel such as Anna Johnston (‘Ethna Carbery’), Francis Joseph Biggar, Patrick McGinley, John O’Donovan, Michael Hussey, Dermot Foley, William Gray, T.Ward, Sinclair Boyd:



At around the same time Robert Lloyd Praeger was working an an engineer in the building of Harland and Woolfs yard later to be the National Library:



Belfast powered ahead innovating with an industrial base owned by local people. The rest of Ireland has never credited the entrepreneurial genius of the Northern people in business, industry and engineering.

In the 20th…

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