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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?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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