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Achill Railway; The early years

The time the railway was completed, tourism began to take off in the West of Ireland. With the new improved infrastructure of rail and roads, tourist began to make their way west. Before that it was only the odd intrepid traveler that wandered to remote Island. In the 1870’s newspapers and magazines began to recommend Achill and similar places such as Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher as tourist destinations, talking about them as them as they were new discoveries, which in a way these places were at the time.

The above was written in 1877, when tourist books on Ireland were beginning to be printed, enticing visitors to places such as Connemara and Clare and the lesser known regions of Donegal and Achill. The areas mentioned would be known collectively as the Wild Atlantic Way.

The above accounts were taken from the Handbook of the Midland, Great Western Railway Guide to Connemara and the West of Ireland.


recommending Achill Pall Mall Gazette 04 October 18772

Handbook of the Midland Great Western Railway Guide to Connemara and the West of Ireland.

Her Majesty’s Pleasure

The call from the reprieve of Dr. Burke gained momentum quickly. A fortnight after his sentence to death by hanging, he was granted respite and to be held at Her Majesty’s Pleasure until there was anything other piece of significance evidence came to pass.

His brother Rev. H. M. Kennedy’s influence and the petition signed mostly by doctors helped to stave off his execution for a while anyway.

Rev. Kennedy wrote to the Home Secretary, regarding the sentencing of his brother Dr. Burke. should have received a sentence befitting a man who was not responsible for his actions due to his heavy drinking and underlying depression.

Manchester Times 26 May 1888
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 30 May 1888

A School for Young Ladies


Rules of Entrance

The lady principle of Irish Clergy Daughter’s School at the time Emily was a pupil was Mrs Dunnan. Mrs Dunnan ran an excellent institution and had the highest of standards for the school and the pupils. It appeared that she was rule abiding and enforced strict instructions as seen below. Also included is a list of the items of clothing and personal effects the girls were required to have on entrance.

It is required that applications for admission be accompanied by references to two or more clergymen acquainted with the circumstances of the applicant.

Reference must be given to some respectable person, who will garnet the regularity of the quarterly payments, which will fall due on 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October, in each year and in advance.

Each pupil will bring with her, at entrance the following articles; and the whole supply should be kept by her parents or friends as long as she remains at the school, viz –

Nightwear from the time Emily attended school

Nightwear from the time Emily attended school

A Bible and prayer book
1 Best summer dress
2 Calico do
1 Best winter do
1 Everyday do
3 Day chemises
3 Night do
3 Night nets
12 Pocket handkerchiefs
2 Bodices or stays
3 Flannell petticoats
2 White or colour do
1 Dark warm do
3 Calico bodices
2 Aprons (Black alpaca)
2 Pairs of house shoes
2 Pairs of strong boots
6 Linen collars or frills
3 Pairs of woollen stockings
4 Paris of cotton stockings
2 Brush-bags
1 Warm lined Dressing Gown
1 Calico Dressing Gown for summer (Every article to be marked with indelible ink – the name in full)
Winter and summer gloves of each (2 paris)
Comb and brushes
Work box and writing case, thimbles and scissors
1 Umbrella, 1 clothes brush and 1 sponge
Boots bought when needed and repaired will be charged in the quarterly accounts

Clergy Daughter’s School Reports 1868 – 1886. Courtesy of RCB, Church of Ireland Library, Dublin
Thanks to my good friend Maureen Rose Rendell for sharing her photos and research into costume with me