By Laurence Power
The ardour that energy feels for his topic is clear. His kind is unobtrusive, his study huge and thorough... Irish Examiner
After a boyhood of tragedy and wish, lifestyles starts off to appear brighter for Seán O’Brien as he enters manhood. As a skilled musician, the doorways of the wealthy are thrown open to him, and his preliminary good fortune permits him to dare dream of saving his relatives from grinding poverty. In a convulsion of background, besides the fact that, his dream is to be challenged because the potato crop in eire succumbs to sickness and millions face a lingering dying by means of hunger. Set in Skibbereen and The Mizen, this can be a gripping and relocating tale of Ireland’s ‘Great Hunger’, while the one break out from famine for many landless households was once flight to England or the USA. Many deserted their humble houses to get to harbours and quays in a bid to escape, yet for numerous millions their flight resulted in unmarked graves alongside the way in which. Years of unremitting tragedy to alter the rustic without end, yet three hundred and sixty five days stood except the others, 1847. It entered the background books as Black ’47.
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