Friday, March 30, 2007

"Hanes" is Welsh for History

CD in Play: John Parish and Polly Jean Harvey, Dance Hall ay Louse Point

So if you were ever curious about my family history, and I don't know why you wouldn't be, I have posted up some relevant links. When certain Irish ancestors left Ireland (Ballynallahassery - around Cork - and Waterford respectively) in the early 19th century, they went to Dowlais, Wales(near Merthyr Tyfil) to steal all the jobs at the local colliey, iron works and steel mills. One Welshman told me that Dowlais is pretty depressed now that the industry has left and is the suicide capital of Wales. Whoo-Hoo! The family left Wales for Canada around 1910. Anyhow, here are some links of the palce where a part of my family lived, worked and died in (and because of):

Alan George's photo site.
The Rhymney Brewery in Dowlais.
About the Iron and Steel Industry in the area.
Wikipedia article on the Dowlais Ironworks.
Dowlais might also be fairly close to Penderyn, site of the first whisky distillery in Wales for over 100 years.

3 Comments:

Blogger RC said...

looks like you've been doing a little bit of history crawlin' on the net.

01 April, 2007 14:01  
Blogger afrobev said...

Hanbes...That brings back Welsh lessons in school. Bloody hated the teacher. But it's great to hear that you are discovering more about your Welsh roots :)

04 April, 2007 01:11  
Blogger afrobev said...

Hanes I meant not Hanbes. :)

04 April, 2007 01:12  

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