• The 1795 Disaster: Casualties of the Spiritual Waterscape of Lough Derg, County Donegal

    Author(s):
    James L. Smith (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Archives, Cultural Studies, Digital Humanists, Environmental Humanities, History
    Subject(s):
    Ireland, Irish culture, Irish history, Water, Environment, Spatial humanities
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Deep mapping, Spatial, eighteenth-century studies, Drowning
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/t2ff-gz73
    Abstract:
    In the cultural and religious history of Saint Patrick’s Purgatory—a centuries-old Catholic pilgrim site situated on Station Island within the waters of Donegal’s Lough Derg—the mass drowning of 1795 stands out. The aftermath was devastating, stamping a lasting mark on the memory of place. The disaster continues to be complicated by its entanglement with a contested Catholic and Protestant partisan narrative, and the mode of remembering forges the social identity of religious place. As in tragedies of the post-2013 European Migrant Crisis involving overladen and poorly maintained boats sinking in the waters of the Mediterranean, a web of structure, agency, technology, and environment ensnares the vulnerable.
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