Bram Stoker’s mother Charlotte Thornley Stoker (1818-1901) was born in Ballyshannon and grew up in Sligo town. She survived when it was the worst affected provincial town in all of Ireland or Britain by the cholera pandemic of 1832. Charlotte's 'Experiences of the Cholera in Ireland' (1873) is a credible eyewitness account of events in Sligo. It greatly influenced Bram Stoker’s most famous work, the novel Dracula (1897).
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For more on the Cholera Pandemic of 1832:
Dr Fiona Gallagher is the foremost researcher of this topic in Ireland. We recommend her blog for more detailed information on the history of cholera in Ireland, and Sligo, in 1832
Sligo Dracula Tours:
Interested in a tour of the Sligo sites connected to the history behind Stoker's inspiration for Dracula?
We recommend Sligo Walking Tours, they specialize in tours explaining the history of Sligo. See their website for more information: