This section is dedicated to an ongoing project under the working title of “Nora’s Sorrows.” At the core of the story is the 1888 murder of Kerry farmer John Foran, and the 1918 death of World War I veteran Michael Scanlon. The men were the father and first son of Kerry emigrant and Pittsburgh resident Nora Foran Scanlon.
I’ve decided to start uploading material and working documents that I’ve been collecting about the story since 2009. My hope is that readers will get interested and help me connect some missing pieces of the story.
- Here’s a brief overview of the story.
- My full version of the story, about 12,000 words.
- Shorter version published online Feb. 29, 2016, in The Irish Story.
- Timeline notes, includes hyperlinks, sources, etc.
Original research by Mark Holan. © 2023