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Title: Irish droughts in newspaper archives: rediscovering forgotten hazards?
Authors: Murphy, Conor
Noone, Simon
Duffy, Catriona
Broderick, Ciaran
Matthews, Tom K.R.
Wilby, Robert L.
Keywords: Drought
Newspaper archives
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Royal Meteorological Society. Published by Wiley
Citation: MURPHY, C. ... et al, 2017. Irish droughts in newspaper archives: rediscovering forgotten hazards? Weather, 72(6), pp.151-155.
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.
Description: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: MURPHY, C. ... et al, 2017. Irish droughts in newspaper archives: rediscovering forgotten hazards? Weather, 72(6), pp.151-155, which has been published in final form at https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wea.2904. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Sponsor: Simon Noone was funded by the Irish Research Council. Conor Murphy, Ciaran Borderick and Catriona Duffy acknowledge funding provided by Environmental Protection Agency grant no. 2014-CCRP-MS.16.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1002/wea.2904
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23305
Publisher Link: https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wea.2904
ISSN: 0043-1656
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