News Digest June 5th

 

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  • Recession bites! Are the original terms of the Beit Trust undermined by hard economics?

In 1976, Alfred Beit transferred the entire Russborough estate – the grand house and art collection – to create a charitable and educational trust.  It was a hugely generous gift to the Irish people, a generation of whom have benefited.  Now, the Foundation that governs the Trust proposes to sell a significant part of the Beit picture collection. They say it’s an economic necessity, and that they need to raise money to maintain Russborough House at the centre of the Trust.

http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=13fbc71a93204260233a6ee7e&id=de8b9c2e96&e=b78796452d

  • A personal perspective on the Earl Grey Scheme – an assisted passage scheme from Ireland to Australia, during the Famine years 1848-50.  Read how Findmypast member Gail Newman researched her great (x3) grandmother’s own story.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3095781/Poor-shipped-against-world-untold-story-Ireland-s-Potato-Orphans-teenagers-sent-Australia-married-convict-settlers.html

  • This will come as no surprise to family historians! The Oxford Dictionary of Biography has begun to adopt genealogical research methods, because they get better results.Read an ODNB editor on a breakthrough discovery.

http://blog.oup.com/2015/05/odnb-fanny-cornforth-final-years/

  • SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: Government Report into Bessborough Mother and Baby Home reveals a system of “institutionalisation and human trafficking… [where] women and babies were … little more than a commodity for trade.”

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/bessborough-mother-and-baby-home-its-time-these-womens-voices-are-finally-heard-334069.html

  • The man in the gap – An Irishman’s Diary about the Clones native who saved the day at Waterloo.

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/the-man-in-the-gap-an-irishman-s-diary-about-the-clones-native-who-saved-the-day-at-waterloo-1.2231217


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