Column: The Down Survey of Ireland

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: The Down Survey of Ireland

Ireland has seen drastic changes over the centuries, and its people have suffered great hardships. The many who arrived in Canada during the Great Famine (1845-1852) can attest to that. As a child, I recall seeing the fighting between the Catholics and Protestants on the evening news and was dumbfounded by the conflict. People didn’t have to die because they held different beliefs.

Deep down, I believed there had to be something more serious than religion that divided the Irish people. After all, I lived in a community with families of various religions, and we didn’t hate our neighbours.

Digging deeper into Irish history uncovered dastardly deeds perpetrated against the Irish by invading armies. One of those was the re-conquering of Ireland by the English.

The Irish Rebellion of 1641 put most of Ireland under the control of the Irish Catholic Confederation. To counter, in 1649 the English Parliament put Oliver Cromwell in charge of the invading army. Those in Ireland still loyal to England joined Cromwell’s force or aided his goal of reclaiming Ireland.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

Happy New Years!

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