Irish History

  • Famine by Liam O’Flaherty. A novel of three generations of an Irish family set during the Great Famine of the 1840s.
  • Famine Echoes by Cathal Poirteir.  Descendants of Famine survivors recall the memories of their immediate forebears who lived through Ireland’s Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Interviews that produced these accounts were conducted in the 1940s with thousands of elderly people across Ireland by the Irish Folklore Commission.
  • The Great Hunger: Ireland 1845-1849 by Cecil Woodham-Smith.  An Irish historian’s documentation of the political and personal ramifications of the famine’s effects on the Irish people.
  • Paddy’s Lament: Ireland 1846-1847: Prelude to Hatred by Thomas Gallagher.  An account of Ireland’s bitter resentment of  England for how it treated the Irish during two key years of the Great Potato Famine.
  • Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide by David S. Ouimette

Copyright © 2011 Patricia Desmond Biallas

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