Annie Sullivan was born on 14th April 1866, in Massachusetts. Her parents were Irish immigrants though their point of origin is unknown. It was a hard upbringing with both mother and father being poverty-stricken and illiterate. Annie contracted trachoma when she was four years old, leaving her significantly visually impaired. Two younger children of the five in the family died and her mother perished from tuberculosis when Annie was eight years of age. While her surviving siblings were sent to live with relatives she was left to look after her father, who was reputedly an angry, abusive man.
Thursday, March 22, 1984.
Letter from Francois Poutrel in Brittany to say he will be taking part in the World Currach Championships in June but will not have a crew. Story in The Kerryman about the dating of the mesolithic site at Ferriters Cove but instead of giving the date of 3600BC for the site the article gives the date as 5600BC.