By Laurence Power

ASTUTE NOVEL A REMINDER of the way FAMINE replaced US ALL... Irish Examiner

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After a boyhood of tragedy and wish, lifestyles 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 good fortune permits him to dare dream of saving his kinfolk from grinding poverty. In a convulsion of heritage, even though, his dream is to be challenged because the potato crop in eire succumbs to illness and thousands face a lingering demise by means of hunger. Set in Skibbereen and The Mizen, it is a gripping and relocating tale of Ireland’s ‘Great Hunger’, while the single get away from famine for many landless households used to be flight to England or the United States. 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 way in which. Years of unremitting tragedy to alter the rustic endlessly, yet twelve months stood except the others, 1847. It entered the background books as Black ’47.

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