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Irish droughts in newspaper archives: rediscovering forgotten hazards?

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posted on 25.11.2016 by Conor Murphy, Simon Noone, Catriona Duffy, Ciaran Broderick, Tom Matthews, Robert Wilby
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.

Funding

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.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Geography and Environment

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Weather

Volume

72

Issue

6

Pages

151-155

Citation

MURPHY, C. ... et al, 2017. Irish droughts in newspaper archives: rediscovering forgotten hazards? Weather, 72(6), pp.151-155.

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© Royal Meteorological Society. Published by Wiley

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

15/09/2016

Publication date

2017-06-06

Copyright date

2017

Notes

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: MURPHY, C. ... et al, 2017. Irish droughts in newspaper archives: rediscovering forgotten hazards? Weather, 72(6), pp.151-155, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wea.2904. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

ISSN

0043-1656

eISSN

1477-8696

Language

en

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