Famine

Much has been written about the great Irish Potato Famine. Scholars in recent years have shown that it was caused not only by English neglect, but by a blind and inappropriate following of economic dogma on the part of the very politicians whom the Irish had previously thought of as their allies. Combining a balanced assessment of modern scholarship with a reading of the day-by-day account compiled by Ciaran O Murchadha for the local history group in Ennis, County Clare, Edward Rutherfurd's 'Famine' chapter in the second book of his Irish saga is informative and moving.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Hard to believe, but this month of April is the 50th anniversary of the 'official' break-up of the Beatles. This author was a very timid young student at Cambridge then. But the far more worldly and talented guy who had the room across the corridor from me had a lovely girlfriend who worked for John Lennon; and one day they scooped me up and took me to Lennon's house at Ascot. The white house with the white piano. Lennon himself wasn't there, but all the same . . . Fifty years later, that day is still so vivid




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