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Irish droughts in newspaper archives: Rediscovering forgotten hazards

Murphy, C and Noone, S and Duffy, C and Broderick, C and Matthews, TR and Wilby, RL (2017) Irish droughts in newspaper archives: Rediscovering forgotten hazards. Weather, 72 (6). pp. 151-155. ISSN 0043-1656

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Abstract

Irish newspaper collections are a rich source of information on historical droughts. Following a search of 250 years of such archives, this paper brings to light four newspaper articles describing three drought events that convey the cultural impacts and unusual societal responses to nineteenth century drought in Ireland. Amongst the archives we find two poems from 1806 and 1893, a call to pray for rain in 1887, and a suggestion for weather modification in 1893. These records demonstrate that, contrary to recent experience, Ireland is surprisingly prone to drought.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Murphy, C., Noone, S., Duffy, C., Broderick, C., Matthews, T. and Wilby, R. L. (2017), Irish droughts in newspaper archives: rediscovering forgotten hazards?. Weather, 72: 151–155. doi:10.1002/wea.2904, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wea.2904 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 08:14
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 09:05
DOI or Identification number: 10.1002/wea.2904
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4167

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