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Ireland: A New Economic History 1780–1939$
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Cormac Gráda Ó

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205982.001.0001

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Communications, Banking, and Fishing, c. 1815–1845

Communications, Banking, and Fishing, c. 1815–1845

(p.131) 6 Communications, Banking, and Fishing, c. 1815–1845
Ireland: A New Economic History 1780–1939

Cormac Ó Gráda

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the contrasting evolutions of three unrelated sectors in Ireland before the Great Famine. The first two saw considerable advances, assisting and being assisted by the integration of the Irish and British economies, but the third symbolized the backwardness of the rural economy. Though the development of Ireland's mainline rail network barely preceded the famine, communications both by road and boat improved, while developments in banking broadly mirrored those occurring in England. Legislation along English lines was crucial for the evolution of banking. This chapter argues that neither of these sectors held back the development of the economy at large. However, analysis of the fishing industry highlights the poverty that blighted the lives of most Irish people during this period.

Keywords:   Ireland, Great Famine, communications, rural economy, banking, fishing, poverty

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