I spent February producing my Ireland Under Coercion, Revisited blog serial, which explores aspects of the 1888 book Ireland Under Coercion: The Diary of an American, by journalist William Henry Hurlbert. I also traveled to Ireland for a week of research and visiting relations in Dublin, Navan and Mayo. Before continuing my exploration of Hurlbert’s book, let’s catch up on developments about modern Ireland and Northern Ireland:
- 6 February was the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Ireland and Great Britain. Here’s an overview from John Dorney of The Irish Story.
- Should there be an “Irexit” of Ireland from the European Union? A poll from TheJournal.ie said no.
- The Washington Post reported on the battle over the Irish language in Northern Ireland.
- Team Ireland had five athletes at the Winter Olympics: two from Ireland; one from America; one from France; and one from Norway. None won a medal.
- The New York Times offered a feature story about the Great Western Greenway in Mayo.
- I was blessed with mild weather during my visit. February ended with the island getting pummeled by a fierce winter storm.