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Follow the link below to a fascinating history of Ireland through 100 objects. The objects range from the mundane (cast iron cooking pots) to the magnificent (fabulous ornamental brooches worn by Irish nobles in the Middle Ages), to the historical (pikes used in the Rising of 1798). At the height of his influence and popularity in 1844, Daniel O'Connell, Ireland's Emancipator, was drawn through Dublin seated on the extravagant chariot on the right.

Selected by Irish journalist Fintan O'Toole, the items represent not a complete history but images of significant developments in Ireland throughout the ages.

Follow the link to the 100 objects and click on each for an informative description of what it is and what it represents.

History of Ireland through 100 objects

Originally posted to blaneyboy on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 04:43 PM PST.

Also republished by Shamrock American Kossacks.

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  •  Thanks for Sharing (1+ / 0-)
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    Sapere aude

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    by Gilmore on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 05:40:04 PM PST

  •  Thanks. Beautiful stuff (1+ / 0-)
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    Been to Dublin and visited the Irish national museums. Beautiful, exquisite stuff. Stunning metalwork, especially when you stop to consider the tools available and conditions they must have worked in.

    Same with the Book of Kells, and similar books. Stunning craftsmanship. What a great and wonderful culture.

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    by BobBlueMass on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 06:24:58 PM PST

  •  what does a reclining buddha (1+ / 0-)
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    and a conestoga wagon have to do with ireland? i looked up the wagon and read at wikipedia (i know, i know) that this type of conveyance may have been introduced by the mennonite settlers and was used mostly in the 18th and 19th centuries in the us and canada, or was used at least until the railroads really took off.

    •  Must say the Conestoga wagon puzzled me too! (1+ / 0-)
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      Apparently used by many Scotch-Irish to make their way west after fleeing Ireland to protest English suppression of the Irish linen trade. Bit of a reach, perhaps, but it does sort of bring in the Scotch-Irish phenomenon in away.

      The reclining buddha? Seemed to be stolen from somewhere in Asia by an Irish officer in the British army.

  •  great stuff! (0+ / 0-)

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    by marykk on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 09:30:53 PM PST

  •  Thank you for sharing this link (2+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, blaneyboy

    I've just finished reading a book on the history of Ireland, the book The Great Shame by Thomas Keneally (telling stories of political convicts transported from Ireland to Australia as punishment for acts of rebellion), and Michael Collins, a sad story of a brilliant effort to try to solve the troubles between the English government and those in Ireland who wanted self-determination for the country.

    Your link came at a perfect time for me. I've bookmarked it. Thank you.

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    by Sapere aude on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:16:43 PM PST

    •  Australia (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, the shipping of Irishmen convicted of crimes to Australia was another really brutal act. The crimes could even be very minor. England needed the forced labor in Australia.

      If you haven't heard "The Fields of Athenry" you might look it up. It's a lament about a family being torn apart during the Great Hunger because the father stole some bread to feed his child. In the song, he's bound for Botany Bay as punishment while his wife watches the prison ship leave the harbor. Beautiful, sad song.

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    by SGWM on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 10:36:32 PM PST

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