Hidden Island Histories: Narratives of Transformation, Emigration and Interaction within 18-20th Century Irish Coastal Communities

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  • Exploring Transatlantic Connections: Sustaining Irish Island Communities in Early 20th Century America (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Meagan K Conway. Ian Kuijt. Casey McNeill. Katherine E Shakour.

    Immigration from Ireland in the early 20th century contributed to the decline of island population, leaving fragmented fishing villages, yet simultaneously created vibrant new Irish communities in the United States.  By tracking inhabitants of Inishark and Inishbofin, two small islands off the coast of Galway, to the eastern United States, this paper explores the movement of individuals, families, and communities through the 19 and 20th centuries.  This paper investigates the reconstruction of...

  • Hidden Histories of an Island Village: an Ethnoarchaeological Exploration of Westquarter Village, Inishbofin (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Katherine E Shakour. Tommy Burke. Ian Kuijt.

    While historians have a broad understanding that residential practices changed through time within 19-20th century Irish coastal villages, little research has explored the extent migration and residential continuity shape village history, let alone the underlying reasons for changes.  Focusing on the small village of Westquarter, Inishbofin, Co. Galway, Ireland, this paper explores the social and residential history from around 1800 through present day.  Centered on the dynamic intergenerational...

  • In small things remembered; the sponge decorated ceramics from Inishark, Galway. (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Franc Myles.

    In recent years excavators along the western seaboard of Ireland and Scotland have recovered extensive evidence on domestic sites for the presence of Spongewares and other mass-produced ceramics dating to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The recovery of this material has opened the debate on the ‘marginal’ nature of such landscapes which has fostered divergent theoretical approaches questioning consumer choices in post-Famine Ireland at odds with received subaltern narratives of...

  • The Living Village: Time Slices and Residential Shifts, 1800-1960, Inishark, Ireland (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ian Kuijt. Meagan K Conway. Alissa Nauman. Katherine E Shakour. Claire Brown. John O’Neill.

    The cultural geography and development of Irish coastal villages before, during and after the famine remains largely unexplored. The evacuation of Inishark in 1960, and the absence of later building and development, provides a unique opportunity to understand the how village organization changed from 1800-1960. Drawing upon historical maps of Inishark from 1816, 1838, 1849, 1898, LiDAR of the village, and archaeological field research, in this presentation we explore the interweaving of human...

  • Quite Voices and Silent Houses: Video ethnography on Inishark (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Kieran Concannon. Ian Kuijt.

    Video interviews, oral histories and historical records provide an important means of reconstructing past island lifeways.  In this presentation we illustrate how the Cultural Landscapes of the Irish Coast project employs video ethnography to document 1940-1960 island life.  Over the summers of 2009-2012 we conducted multiple video interviews with five islanders while revisiting Inishark, conducting on-camera interviews in their homes that were abandoned 50 years ago, and having them discuss the...