Rural tensions in nineteenth century Knock, County Mayo
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in 1879 the parish of Knock witnessed both the outbreak of the land war and also a reported apparition of the Virgin Mary. the press coverage that resulted from both of these events has enabled this study of tensions within rural communities. it examines the attitude of individual landlords towards their tenants and the demise of the open-field 9rundale) system of farming. parallels with English enclosures and agrion protests are noted. the rise in literacy, together with the growth of the press, enabled the Knock tenantry to be well abreast with current world affairs s shown by their support for the Zulus during the ongoing Anglo-Zulu war of 1879.