Irish droughts in newspaper archives: rediscovering forgotten hazards?
journal contributionposted on 25.11.2016 by Conor Murphy, Simon Noone, Catriona Duffy, Ciaran Broderick, Tom Matthews, Robert Wilby
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Irish newspaper collections are a rich source of information on historical droughts. Following a search of 250 years of such archives, this paper brings to light four newspaper articles describing three drought events that convey the cultural impacts and unusual societal responses to nineteenth century drought in Ireland. Amongst the archives we find two poems from 1806 and 1893, a call to pray for rain in 1887, and a suggestion for weather modification in 1893. These records demonstrate that, contrary to recent experience, Ireland is surprisingly prone to drought.
Simon Noone was funded by the Irish Research Council. Conor Murphy, Ciaran Borderick and Catriona Duffy acknowledge funding provided by Environmental Protection Agency grant no. 2014-CCRP-MS.16.
- Social Sciences
- Geography and Environment