That Old Sinner

Sweeney, Frank

Verlag: Irish History Press
ISBN 10: 0955318408 / ISBN 13: 9780955318405
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Titel: That Old Sinner
Verlag: Irish History Press
Einband: Paperback
Zustand: Very Good

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Sweeney, Frank
Verlag: Irish History Press, Dublin (2006)
ISBN 10: 0955318408 ISBN 13: 9780955318405
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Buchbeschreibung Irish History Press, Dublin, 2006. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 7" x 9.5". P/B 380 pages, condition is very good, a crease to the front cover. In 1917 the Irish Times christened the Burtonport Extension 'that old sinner", it was a well-deserved title for after fourteen years in operation it had become a legend in its own time for its wayward methods, broken down engines, bad management. erratic driving, poor punctuality, passengers travelling in cattle trucks, lost goods, pilferage, nights stuck in the bogs between Letterkenny and Burtonport and severe conflict with the Board of Works. It seemed that nobody loved the L&BER. There were calls for investigations and inquiries almost annually. Questions were regularly asked in parliament. Donegal County Council discussed it at almost even- meeting. Letter writers vented their fun at its errant ways in the columns of newspapers. Demands for a change of management were made throughout its existence. And yet nothing seemed to improve or change it. It went to its demise an unrepentant sinner. And yet the people were faithful to it. They travelled in their thousands to the hiring fairs, the feiseanna. the football matches, the political meetings, on pilgrimages to Doon Well or to the Derry boat. It had its court cases, its funny incidents and. of course, its sad and inglorious moments. But this book is not just the story of the railway. Frank Sweeney brings the reader into the life and society of northwest Donegal between the 1880s and 1950 . It's all there. We meet the people, their struggles, the great days, poverty, war at home and abroad, the police, education, migration, politics. independence, the border, customs, in fact almost every aspect of life is dealt with. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 061361

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