A Cold Rain In Killarney, 1845 by Rob Collins

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The title refers to the hardship, suffering, hunger and death that began that year and continued for four more heartbreaking years. The title refers to the insensitivity and lack of control on English absentee landlords who took full advantage of the British government's policy to "let them do as they very well please," and they did. Often, an Irish family was evicted from their cottage without notice and for no apparant reason. The book's cover depicts a barran landscape. They are all gone, gone on the ships to Canada, to America to avoid, in many cases, starvation. They were evicted, their homes destroyed, the grounds cleared of rubble to convert pasture to farm land for crops. The British called it "clearance improvements." A land of plenty had not the care or compassion to provide adequate measures to insure the health and the satisfaction of their hunger, their own citizens. The barran landscape depicts the emptiness felt when a son or daughter left for a new life in a foreign land, never to be seen again.

About Rob Collins

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Rob Collins was raised in a small Irish Catholic community where he grew up listening to his elders discuss the future of their country and debate the partitioning of their home nation. He is an Irish Historian and a student of the Gaelic language. Married to a retired teacher, he is the proud father of an elementary school principal and a grandfather of three. He was inspired to write after three trips to Ireland in the early 2000s. He became enchanted by the nation's many gifted poets, playwrights and writers and the stories they told of their countrymen's fight to free themselves from the yoke of British religious and political domination
Published October 16, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 380 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This novel, the first in a forthcoming series, centers on Irish country folk Margaret and Flynn O’Connell and their two children but also features a Dickensian cast of do-gooders and villains in the nearby town of Killarney.

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