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Rare letters sharing insight into Roscommon emigrant's bond with home digitised

Jun 10, 2022 16:06 By Shannonside News
Rare letters sharing insight into Roscommon emigrant's bond with home digitised Rare letters sharing insight into Roscommon emigrant's bond with home digitised
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The letters were undiscovered for decades in the thatch of a house.

Letters of significant historical importance discovered in the thatch of a house in Roscommon decades ago are now available to view online.

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) has announced that Tulsk History Society has published its collection of Letters from the 1880s-1890s' online.

The letters were sent from America by a member of a Tulsk family who had emigrated and was staying in touch with family in Steil.

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Noel Sheerin is the archivist at the History Society which was only formed during lockdown last year.

He admits the letters are full of strong emotions:

"Within the letters there is a deep sense of loneliness; a deep sense of levels of poverty at home; a deep sense of worrying over paying rent on the cottage and the land to the agent. That comes across strongly in the letters."

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