This book owes its compilation to a broad range of sources but it is chiefly indebted to the estate papers of the Shirley family, the records of the Geological Survey of Ireland, and the National Archives, Dublin.
Author: Micheál McDermott
Publisher: Four Courts PressLtd
In the early 1800s, a fruitless pursuit of coal on the Shirley estate in south Monaghan led to the discovery and the intermittent exploitation of gypsum on the estate lands. In portraying the inter-related fortunes of the Shirley family, the mines, and their community, this book places this trinity on a journey which is signposted by significant political, social, and economic developments. The changing balance of power between landlord and tenant, as crystallised by the Land Acts and a growing nationalist democracy, had profound implications for this industry. The establishment of the Farney Development Company (1921-27) at Lisnabo, Co. Meath, in the southern section of the gypsum field, was the major result of these changes. Despite the collapse of this company and further initial setbacks, the gypsum enterprise, Gypsum and Bricks, was eventually relaunched in the 1930s. This book owes its compilation to a broad range of sources but it is chiefly indebted to the estate papers of the Shirley family, the records of the Geological Survey of Ireland, and the National Archives, Dublin.
... The case of county Kerry, 1872–86 (Dublin, 2011). McDermott, Micheál,
Gypsum mining and the Shirley estate in south Monaghan, 1800–1936 (Dublin,
2009). Marley, Laurence, Michael Davitt: Freeland radical and frondeur (Dublin,
Author: Brian Casey
This book explores the experience of small farmers, labourers and graziers in provincial Ireland from the immediacy of the Famine until the eve of World War One. During this period of immense social and political change, they came to grips with the processes of modernisation. By focusing upon east Galway, it argues that they were not an inarticulate mass, but rather, they were sophisticated and politically aware in their own right. This study relies upon a wide array of sources which have been utilised to give as authentic a voice to the lower classes as possible. Their experiences have been largely unrecorded and this book redresses this imbalance in historiography while adding a new nuanced understanding of the complexities of class relations in provincial Ireland. This book argues that the actions of the rural working class and nationalists has not been fully understood, supporting E.P. Thompson’s argument that ‘their aspirations were valid in terms of their own experiences’.
5Micheál McDermott, Gypsum Mining and the Shirley Estate in South Monaghan,
1800–1936 (Dublin, 2009), p. 36. 6 Bew,Land andthe National Questionin
Ireland, p.54; DonaldJordan, Landand PopularPolitics in Ireland: County Mayo
Author: Brian Casey
Publisher: The History Press
This history of Ireland is inextricably linked with our relationship with the land. In this book, based on extensive research and investigation, the authors examine some of the key figures in Irish agrarian agitation and change. Looking at the Land League, the Knights of the Plough, the perception and reality of the Irish Landlords, this is an important book which makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the nature of the ‘land question’ in Irish history.