Academic journal article Social Education

Irish Curios & Cameos

Academic journal article Social Education

Irish Curios & Cameos

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Can you guess the answers to these riddles of Ireland from the hints provided on this page? Try your luck.

I. William and his entire family left the tenanted farm at Ballinascarty, Ireland, in 1847, the worst year of the famine, and sailed to America. His mother did not survive the journey, probably succumbing to typhoid fever. William eventually bought a farm in Michigan and raised a family. He had a son, Henry, who was 12 years old when he fell off a horse. While recuperating from the fall, Henry set up a small machine shop in one of the farm buildings and began tinkering with small engines. As an adult, he pioneered mass production and became a millionaire. Who was this entrepreneur and industrialist?

II. A form of poetry with a galloping meter and a rhyme scheme--A, A, B, B, A--was invented by Edward Lear and named after this county. For example,

   There was an old Man in a tree
   Who was horribly bored by a Bee
   When they said, "Does it buzz?"
   He replied, "Yes, it does!"
   "It's a regular brute of a Bee!"

What is the name of this Irish county?

III. A rent rebellion by Irish tenant farmers on Achill Island against this landlord's agent became synonymous with protests in which consumers refuse to purchase a product. …

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