The anti-Russian poetry of Frances Browne, the ‘Blind Poetess of Ulster’.
News travelled slowly in the 1840s. Newspapers that were often printed just once or twice a week had to be carried overland by horse-drawn coaches and overseas by vessels that took the best part of two weeks to traverse the Atlantic. There was no instant immersion in events unfolding in distant parts of the world. Nevertheless, there was a great appetite for news of foreign affairs and, if one were interested, it would eventually find its way to even the remotest rural outpost.