By Laurence Power
The ardour that energy feels for his topic is obvious. His sort is unobtrusive, his learn broad and thorough... Irish Examiner
After a boyhood of tragedy and need, existence starts off to seem 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 luck permits him to dare dream of saving his family members from grinding poverty. In a convulsion of background, although, his dream is to be challenged because the potato crop in eire succumbs to ailment and millions face a lingering demise via hunger. Set in Skibbereen and The Mizen, this can be a gripping and relocating tale of Ireland’s ‘Great Hunger’, whilst the single break out from famine for many landless households used to be 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 led to unmarked graves alongside the best way. Years of unremitting tragedy to alter the rustic endlessly, yet twelve months stood except the others, 1847. It entered the historical past books as Black ’47.
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