The middle class of Callan, Co. Kilkenny, 1825–45
‘[Grace’s] documenting of this group, and public and private lives, is a superb piece of social history derived from census data, local newspapers and the diary of one member of the Callan middle class, Amhlaoibh Ó Súilleabháin’, Family & Community History (October 2016).
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