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 1890, nine-year-old Daisy Ashford wrote a novel and never showed it to the world. It was only after her mother’s death some twenty-eight years later, when she was sorting through old papers with her sisters, that she found the manuscript in a drawer. After the manuscript found its way to publishers, the book – The Young Visiters – came out in 1919, (yes, that is how the title was spelled) to great acclaim. After the book went into several editions, Daisy bought a farm with her earnings, commenting, “I like fresh air and royalty cheques”.

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