The Dear Old Town – a history of Ferbane
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“The Dear Old Town” is the story of Fernane, a small town in West Offlay, whose economy was dependent for years on turf production and on a nearby Electricity Power Station, recently closed. The author traces its origins from the late 17th century after the forfeiture of the MacCoghlan castles and the subsequent demographic changes. The lives of its people during the 18th and 19th centuries is recaptured: the various law-enforcement agencies; the working of the petty sessions; the religious practices of the people; their poverty; relief works during the Great Famine; the rise and decline of the landed gentry and the part played by the inhabitants in the struggle for national identity.