Irish Lives Remembered

The July/August issue of Irish Lives Remembered is now available and chock-full of engaging articles. As always, it is online and free at

  • Handsome George Clooney is pictured on the cover and his Kilkenny connections detailed inside. The Clooney family left Ireland in about 1854 and settled in Kentucky.
  • Coincidentally (or not), another article in this issue is about “Tracing the Irish in Kentucky.”
  • Tyrone, one of the largest counties in Ireland and the heart of O’Neill lands, is the featured Irish county with 16 pages of resources and articles.
  • Using military records to research post-1901 Australia is another well-covered subject.

My attention was captured by the story of The Kerry Girls: Emigration and the Earl Grey Scheme, a book by Kay Moloney Caball. She writes about:

117 Kerry girls sent to Australia in 1849/1850 from the Workhouses in Dingle (20), Kenmare (25), Killarney (35), and Listowel (37), under the auspices of the Earl Grey ‘Orphan’ scheme. The majority of these teenage girls were not in fact ‘Orphans’ as many had one parent alive. Their emigration has become known as the ‘Earl Grey scheme’ after its principal architect, Earl Grey, Secretary of State for the Colonies at the time of the Great Irish Famine.

Irish Lives Remembered is always good reading, and the July/August issue is no exception.

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