Look up Deedy in Websters Dictionary and you will see the following definition - \Deed"y\, a. Industrious; active. [R.] --Cowper. But to me Deedy is simply my last name and not a very common one at that. My Father always said "find yourself in a strange city? Open a phone book, find a Deedy and give them a call - chances are they are a relative." So, for all the Deedy's out there hello and welcome.

Silent Film: Connemara's Appeal


Connemara's Appeal

"There is no famine, but distress does prevail through failure of turf and of potato crops...

Their rockbound soil offers no opportunity of development. New industries are required to relieve the situation for all time."
This silent British news reel is from about 1915 and shows potato farmers in Connemara Ireland. As you watch the film, notice how the farmers are transporting their crop. The shots of the countryside show a rather bleak landscape full of rutted roads and very rocky soil. It also appears to be rather wet and cold.

Toward the end of the film you see a small farm family. The women are wearing colorful shawls - not coats.

The last shots seem to show some sort of work relief program. The farmers appear to be building a road with their bare hands using the abundant rocks.


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