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Bosch 50 Piece X-Line Accessory Set
Bosch 50 Piece X-Line Accessory Set
Price: £15.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disastrous, 12 Jan. 2013
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The concrete drill bits were useless. They ripped to pieces on first use, I seriously wondered whether this was a pirated product as one expects quality from Bosch.


Bosch PSB 500 RE Hammer Drill
Bosch PSB 500 RE Hammer Drill
Price: £44.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A good product, 12 Jan. 2013
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Just what I would expect from Bosch, quality and good design. Good for household work, probably not ideal for professional handyman, builder or joiner.


The End of Hidden Ireland: Rebellion, Famine, and Emigration
The End of Hidden Ireland: Rebellion, Famine, and Emigration
by Robert Scally
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book, 12 Jan. 2013
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A wonderful insight to the lives of those who had to endure eviction during the Great Irish Famine. The peasantry are recognisable people up to all the 'cute strokes' associated with resistance by the powerless.


Children's Christmas - Printable Amazon.co.uk Gift Voucher
Children's Christmas - Printable Amazon.co.uk Gift Voucher
Price: £30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Gift voucher, 30 Jan. 2012
Gift Vouchers are an ideal form of present at Christmas as they save the uncertainly of knowing what people want and they give the receiver plenty of choice.


The Halloran Name in History
The Halloran Name in History
by Ancestry.co.uk The Generations Network
Edition: Paperback

1.0 out of 5 stars A severe disappointment, 8 Mar. 2010
Basically, as an O'Halloran with a particular interest and this name, its history and the identity which goes with it, I found this book a severe disappointment, and actually misleading and insulting.
The history of my clann, and particularly the small Mayo sept of my forebears, is one of gruelling poverty and a flight from starvation only to struggle (and often survive to prosper), in a new land. These early Hallorans were basically ignored. Irish history books are not full of O'Hallorans. We were overwhelmingly poor peasants and tenants. However, you will find us, in our thousands in the phone books of Australia and the United States.
The poverty and the starvation which drove us there were man-made; politically engineered by an occupying force and ruling elite whose policies in Ireland were underpinned by assumptions of racial superiority. Many have seen them as basically genocidal.
The horrors of the Irish famine, or 'starvation', as Oscar Wilde put it, are well-known, as are the facts that the economic and political system which gave it the magnitude were put in place deliberately to totally subjugate, if not eliminate my culture and race. And the famine was not a one-off. It was just the darkest hour in the dark history of my troubled ancestors.
Thus I viewed the front cover of the book with its triumphant Union Jack and imposing Big Ben, in much the same way as I imagine a Jew of the twenty second century will view the swastika on a book about the Levi-Cohans. But it was not just the front cover which manifested this racial insensitivity. Many sections of the book actually gave the impression the name was English, with its section of God Save the Queen and death in Victorian time. There are 10 maps of Britain and 1 of Ireland. The compilers simply had no sense of history or knowledge of Ireland.
The Irish clanns and septs which bore the name Halloran were not mentioned. It was mentioned, however, that some Hallorans were slave owners but it did not enquire into how many with the name Halloran were sent as slaves to Barbados, Montserrat and Antigua by Cromwell's forces. What the book was full of were lazily generated charts of trivial statistics. Did you know the most common day of the week of arrival of emigrants from the British Isles into the United States was Monday? Great! But if you want to know why they were there, what diseases they had, how many died on the crossing and what happened to them on arrival you will need to find another book.


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