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The role of the Quakers in Ireland is highly interesting. Prominent in Dublin, several other cities, the Quakers were the most active leaders of relief during much of the period of the Famine. Quaker families in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century were also some of the largest employers in Dublin, including the Jacobs Biscuit business, and the well-known caterers Bewleys. These Quaker activities form part of the story of the 'Famine', 'Victoria' and 'Rising' chapters of Rutherfurd's second Irish novel.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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