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Achill Colony

Achill Colony

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Achill Colony is a collaboration between Patricia Byrne, author of 'The Veiled Woman of Achill' and 'The Preacher and the Prelate' and Red Fox Press,based in Dugort, Achill.

The Colony in Dugorl is an extraordinary story of an audacious fight for souls on famine-ravaged Achill Island in the nineteenth century. Religious ferment swept Ireland in the early 1800s and evangelical Protestant clergyman Edward Nangle set out to lift the destitute people of Achill out of degradation and idolatry through his Achill Mission Colony. The fury of the island elements, the devastation of famine, and Nangle’s own volatile temperament all threatened the project’s survival.

The book presents the story of 'The Achill Colony' and documents the 'battle' between the Achill Mission Colony, founded by Edward Nagle, and the Archbishop of Tuam at the time, John Mac Hale.

The book is hand woven and presented beautifully, as is customary for all Red Fox Press books.

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