Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls  – From Workhouse to Australia (1848-50) & Convict Journal – Digital Download Version


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Mayo’s Forgotten Famine Girls tells the story of 137 youngsters from Mayo, the majority orphans, sent to Australia from Irish workhouses 1848-50. The girls speak and through their voices we learn of their dreadful famine experiences, workhouse life, the voyage to Australia, and what became of them. Based on fact and extensive research.

Of the book, former President Mary Robinson says: “I recall being moved by seeing the memorial to Irish orphan girls in Australia in 2002, but Terry Reilly has done more to restore their dignity and worth with a poignant account of the stark circumstances, and how these girls coped with both resilience and courage.”

Leading historian Turtle Bunbury describes the book as featuring “real people, real events from the Irish Famine and how the resilience of the orphan girls shone through in the end in far away Australia”.

One of the great experts on the orphan girls story, Australian historian and writer, Trevor McClaughlin in tribute says: “A lifetime’s labour of love that is so compelling you can relive the young women’s sadness, and their dreams.”

Available In local shops:

Ballina: Eason and Pastoral Centre
Castlebar: Castle Books
Claremorris: Smyths
Swinford: Melletts
Charlestown: Knock Airport
Westport: Seamus Duffy and MacLoughlins
Belmullet: Lorraine Carey

Limited edition Hardback, all copies signed by author. 360 Pages.

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