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'Overwhelmed with poverty, divisions and distress': Robert Owen's Tour of Ireland, 1822-3

Donnachie, Ian (2014). 'Overwhelmed with poverty, divisions and distress': Robert Owen's Tour of Ireland, 1822-3. History Ireland, 22(3) pp. 24–27.

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Abstract

Owen's visit to Ireland represented an important effort to attract government support for his village scheme, designed to alleviate poverty locally and nationally. His propaganda campaign generated considerable publicity both in the countryside and major centres, notably in Cork, Limerick and Dublin. Leading elites and clergy were sympathetic, but the initiative was lost when Owen returned to Scotland. At the same time he gathered a considerable body of evidence about social conditions which he later presented to a parliamentary enquiry on the Irish poor. Subsequently the Owenite legacy in Ireland lingered, finding expression in an experimental community at Ralahine, Co Clare, some years later.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 History Publications Ltd
ISSN: 0791-8224
Keywords: Ireland; social history
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > History
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 40319
Depositing User: Ian Donnachie
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2014 10:11
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40319
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