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Wigham, 'A Life of Usefulness': Abraham Beale and the Monard Ironworks. Wigham, Billy / Rynne, Colin. ‘A Life of Usefulness’: Abraham Beale and the Monard Ironworks. Blarney, Sitka Press, 2000. 14 cm x 20.5 cm. X, 79 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Contains dedication by Colin Rynne. Newspaper-clipping stapled to end-paper. Slight bending crease on front cover near spine. Volume otherwise clean and intact.

Includes the following essays: Preface / The Beale Family and the Origins of Monard / Quakers and Technological Change in Nineteenth-Century Ireland / The Spade Mill in County Cork / The Monard and Coolowen Ironworks: An Archaeology / The Monard Community at Work / Notes / Bibliography.

″The Monard and Coolowen Ironworks, situated in the picturesque valley of the Blarney River, is the most important industiral archaeological site of its type to survive in Ireland. It was also a near-idyllic industrial community of smiths and spademakers, whose technology and lifestyle were barely touched by the twentieth century. ‘A life of usefulness’ is the story of this community from the late eighteenth century to its closure in 1960. It is also the story of the Quaker entrepreneur and humanist Abraham Beale, whose ‘life of usefulness’ as described in his obituary in the Cork press, included the early nineteenth-century development of the Monard community, its co-operative ethic and his involvement in Famine relief in the 1840s, which led to his death of typhus in 1847.” (publisher)

Keywords: Abraham Beale, Archaeology, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Local History, Quakers

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