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[Mulvany, Breaking Grounds: The story of William T. Mulvany.

[Mulvany, William T.] O'Sullivan, John. Breaking Grounds: The story of William T. Mulvany. Cork, Mercier Press, [2004] 14 cm x 21,5 cm. 159 pages, illustrated throughout. Original Softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of wear. This book is now out of print.

Includes for example the following chapters: Ireland in the Early Nineteenth Century / The Mulvanys in Dublin / William Thomas Joins the Board of Public Works / 1847 - Effects of Famine / Mulvany Family Moves to Düsseldorf / Mulvany Made First Freeman of Gelsenkirchen / The Prussian Mining and Iron Company / Europe's Railways / Düsseldorf's Harbour and Main Railway Station etc.

Breaking Ground is the fascinating story of William Thomas Mulvany, Ireland's little-known, but most outstanding entrepreneur of the nineteenth century. At age eighteen, he had assited in the first Ordnance Survey of Ulster and Connaught, he went on to supervise the drainage of the Shannon and then planned the Shannon-Erne waterway. In Famine time, he directed thousands of workers in relief schemes. From these beginnings, he set his sights on Germany, a venture which resulted in one of the most succesful careers in the history of Irish enterprise. (Rear cover)

William Thomas Mulvany (11 March 1806 in Dublin, Ireland – 30 October 1885 in Düsseldorf, Germany) was an Irish entrepreneur in Germany.
Mulvany was one of seven children of Catholic parents in Dublin: his father was the painter Thomas James Mulvany. In 1832 he married Alicia Winslow, the daughter of a wealthy landowner from Fermanagh. He had five children with her. From 1855 until his death, Mulvany lived in Düsseldorf. In 1875, he built the "Mulvany Villa" in Herne, but it's not known whether he ever lived there. He died in 1885 and was buried in Düsseldorf. The city of Gelsenkirchen made him an honorary citizen in 1880. In Herne a street near the former Shamrock coal mine was named after him. Also Castrop-Rauxel, Recklinghausen and Düsseldorf also named streets after the entrepreneur. (Wikipedia)

  • Category: Irish Local History
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781856354271
  • Inventory number: 28771AB

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[Mulvany, Breaking Grounds: The story of William T. Mulvany.

[Mulvany, Breaking Grounds: The story of William T. Mulvany.


[Mulvany, Breaking Grounds: The story of William T. Mulvany.

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