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Thread #2053   Message #418923
Posted By: MartinRyan
16-Mar-01 - 06:31 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Fields of Athenry (Pete St.John)
Subject: RE: Fields of Athenry
Heard Pete St. John talking about "Athenry" on radio this a.m. He said it grew out of reading contemporary reports of the transportation of a group of men who attempted to break into government stores of maize in Cork, around the time of the 1847 famine. He picked Athenry as a locale "because it sounded lonely"!


p.s. For the Irish - it was Michael D. Higgins who showed him the records!