The Irish Times, 14 April 1893
Departure of Irish Girls For The World's Fair.
QUEENSTOWN, Thursday.   
   The White Star Liner Britannic sailed to-day from Queenstown, and on her large passenger list there are at least twenty whose arrival in the States will be watched with interest—they are the Irish lads and lasses who will represent Ireland in the village at the forthcoming Chicago Exposition. As is now well known, the charming idea of transplanting to the shores of Lake Michigan and Irish colony, representative of all the most realistic features of Irish life, is due to the Countess of Aberdeen, who, once she saw her way to its successful realisation, spared no pains to make the undertaking thoroughly worthy both of her ladyship's energy and the beauties of the Emewrald Isle. In conjunction with the late Mr. Peter White, of the Irish Woolen Company, Lady Aberdeen selected a party of lace-makers, dairymaids, and other representatives of the cottage industries of Ireland, and by their aid hopes to make the Irish village at Chicago one of the brightest spots in the whole of the Columbian Exposition. . . . 
   The party which sailed to-day was in charge of Miss Charlton, Dublin, and comprised of the following young ladies, who will have charge of the stalls whereat Irish bog oak, Irish marble, and other articles of Irish manufacture may be purchased :—Miss Brazil, Miss Goggin, Miss Keane, Miss Robinson, Miss Moyne. The spinners, lace-makers, and dairymaids are :—Bridget McGuiney, Bridget Healy, Mary Flynn, Katie Halliday, Mary Cosgrove, Mary Kavanagh, Ellen Ahern, Ellie Murphy, Maggie Dennehy, Michael Nicholas, Johanna Doherty, Katie Barry, Hannah Connolly, Patrick Doherty, and Patrick Fagan. They all arrived in Queenstown this morning by the American mail, and full of heart and spirit for their trip westward. The spinners and weavers, who stood about the quay previous to going on board, were at once recognised by their pretty travelling dresses, which were of a uniform colour. They all wore cloaks of Irish navy blue serge, lined with crimson satin, with a deep frill around the shoulders and a turned-down collar. The mails having been placed on the bridge, the passengers stepped on board, and a pleasant trip was made to the Britannic, which lay a short distance inside the forts. In less than twenty minutes passengers, mail sacks, and luggage were transferred to the big ship. The tenders gave a farewell whistle, dipped her flag, and dropped astern, when the liner returned the salutation. Among those who came specailly to Queenstown to bid the "Irish Colony" God speed were Lady Arnott and Miss Arnott, both of whom, with Sir John Arnott, take a deep interest in the project.
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