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Eighteenth Century Roscommon ‘in the news’

Steve Dolan
Heritage Publication

The latter half of the eighteenth century saw a dramatic increase in print media and in the nature, variety, and quality of content. This was a major advancement on the previous pamphlet or posters-type of ‘journalism’ which saw varied publications printing propaganda. By the middle of the eighteenth century however, newspapers had become an important part of life and leaves an invaluable record of the period for County Roscommon. Some early eighteenth century articles are included on this project, and then one article from each year from 1750-99 has been chosen to represent the main stories in that era. Among the most interesting articles were those referring to an extraordinary 108-year old man at Boyle in 1732, a murdering Innkeeper in Roscommon in 1760, Peep-o-day boys in Ballinlough in 1777, and ‘on the runs’ at Castlerea in 1787. There will be an online lecture [free] and booklet [€5] launch. All proceeds will go to the Cootehall Development Group.

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