Famine Diary by Brendan O'Cathaoir

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A unique record of the Great Famine, written with insight, detachment and empathy. Based on a wide selection of sources ñ contemporary newspapers, official correspondence and diaries ñit provides a graphic picture of conditions in the Irish countryside as the crisis developed. It combines analysis and an overview with a focus on the worst-hit areas. The relief efforts are presented where possible, frequently with the help of priestsí letters, from the perspective of the poor.

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Brendan O Cathaoir is a Dublin-based journalist and historian.
Published December 8, 1998 by Irish Academic Press. 216 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The viceroy of Ireland, Lord Clarendon, viewed these evictions and the resulting flood of emigration as a healthy restructuring of the Irish economy: “Priests and patriots howl over the Exodus,” wrote Clarendon, “but the departure of thousands of papist Celts must be a blessing.” —’Cathaoir, an I...

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For in Ireland, writes O Cathaoir, the British government was obsessed ""with preventing a dependency mentality emerging"" and, instead of relief, offered only ""the constant injunction to self-help to the starving."" By the autumn of 1845, we learn, ""Potatoes are inedible in Wexford, while an `...

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