The Goodbodys: The Story of an Irish Quaker Family – Michael Goodbody
As well as detailing the history of the Goodbodys this book also looks at the impact the Quakers had on the Irish economy. It opens a window on the extraordinary accumulation of commercial power and wealth by a few closely related families who were at the forefront of industrial development of the time. The Goodbody story is not just an account of a successful family; it also follows the fortunes of those who fell on hard times. In some instances these individuals found themselves sharing the fate of the millions of nineteenth-century Irish emigrants who endured enormous hardships in an attempt to find a better life in the textile factories of England or on the other side of the Atlantic. This is an important contribution to Irish economic and family history.