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Roise Rua

Roise Rua - Padraig Ua Cnaimhsi What seems like a very rare memoir, translated from old Irish, of a woman who grew up on Arranmore Island, near Donegal in the 1870s. This was before electricity, time pieces, and most importantly to me, describes the astonishing and desperately poor Irish culture in the decades after my great-great grandfather seems to have drowned fishing in the same area waters.

Even for someone without personal attachment to the location and setting, the woman's account has exceptional stories of shipwrecks, anti-British intrigues and ghost stories to satisfy any reader with interest in history.