Ennis

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Ennis, County Clare, in western Ireland, was at the heart of the Famine, and was therefore chosen by Edward Rutherfurd as the setting for the main action of his 'Famine' chapter in his second Irish book. There was also a particularly interesting parliamentary election in Ennis, at the height of the Famine, and this is also part of the story.
See also Famine




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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