In the 1890s, Maud Gonne also went on fact-finding missions about famine, ram-racking, and evictions in Gweedore. She wrote a series of impassioned reports for Dublin newspaper readers; some of these are reprinted in Maud Gonne's Irish Nationalist Writings (Irish Academic P, 2004).
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From: The Women on Ireland Research Network on behalf of Catherine B Shannon
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If you are looking for contemporary documents on poverty in the rural west of Ireland at this time, the reports of the Congested Districts Board, established in 1891, might offer some useful information. Prior to the establishment of this board, the Conservative Chief Secretary,
Arthur Balfour went on a tour of the West and you might want to check up on newspaper accounts of this as well as memoirs of others who were in the area at the time.
For some background on the CDBd, you can consult my book, Arthur J. Balfour and Ireland,
1874 to 1922, Catholic University Press, Wash, D. C. 1988. Good luck, Catherine