The Irish Road to South America

Nineteenth-Century Travel Patterns from Ireland to the River Plate

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Geraghty, Michael John (1999), Argentina: Land of Broken Promises in: The Buenos Aires Herald (17 March 1999)

Greenhill, Basil, and Ann Giffard (1974), Travelling by Sea in the Nineteenth Century: Interior Design in Victorian Passenger Ships (New York: Hastings House)

Howat, Jeremy N. T. (1984), South American Packets 1808-1880 (York: Postal History Society, William Session Ltd.)

Illingworth, Ruth, ed. (1998), When the Train Came to Mullingar (Mullingar: Westmeath Examiner)

Illingworth, Ruth (2002), private correspondence (April-May, 2002)

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McKenna (1994), Nineteenth Century Irish Emigration to, and Settlement in, Argentina (St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare: MA Geography Thesis)

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Nolan, Kevin B., ed. (1993), Travel and Transport in Ireland (Dublin)

O’Brien, Seamus (1999), Famine and Community in Mullingar Poor Law Union 1845-1849 (Dublin)

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Ussher, James (1951), Father Fahy, (Buenos Aires) 


The information about transportation in the nineteenth-century Irish midlands was obtained from the above-mentioned bibliography as well as from  private correspondence with local historians. Among them, Ruth Illingworth oriented my research with appropriate information and references. Ruth is a local historian based in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Chair of the Mullingar Historical and Archaeological Society, and author of Mullingar, History and Timeline, and When the Train Came to Mullingar (Mullingar: Westmeath Examiner, 1998). Librarians Greta Connell and Michael Dempsey, from Mullingar’s Westmeath County Library and Wexford Town Library respectively, were very helpful to find both bibliography and newspapers with relevant references. Special thanks to David Barnwell, Bernard Canavan, Mike Geraghty, Pat McKenna, and Derek Ellwood  for their valued comments on the text. I am also grateful to the Rev. Jeremy Howat, author of South American Packets 1808-1880 (York: The Postal History Society, 1984), for his learned guidance through the world of the early South American seaway. Additionally, Jeremy generously read the article and provided helpful comments. 




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