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The McIlrath Letters: Sent from Killinchy, Newzeal
by John Earl Bassett

ISBN: 9780956429308
PUBLISHER: The Killyleagh Branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 148
PUBLICATION DATE: 20.11.2009
DIMENSIONS: 210mmX210mm

DESCRIPTION:
Here is a series of sixty-four letters, carefully preserved by Mary McIlrath in Killinchy, Co. Down, N. Ireland.

They detail the progress of Mary’s great uncles, the two McIlrath brothers who emigrated in 1860 to New Zealand, and describe their work and achievements over fifty-five years. Historically and genealogically valuable are the frequent references to other emigrants from Killinchy and surrounding district whom they frequently met there. The news, messages and greetings included in the letters of the McIlrath brothers were sure to have been read and circulated to relatives, friends and neighbours, drawing that community at home closer together as well as closer to the one on the other side of the world. Re-reading these letters today, with their deeply personal style and content, it is easy to imagine that our ancestors are writing to us from the past.

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