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?
For perhaps 600 years, the patron saint of England - not Britain - has been Saint George. Before St George, there were several candidates for the position, including the last king of the ancient Saxon royal house, St Edward the Confessor, son of the disastrous King Ethelred the Unready. But St Edward was a monkish fellow, always praying, and never popular. Whereas St George, by repute, had slain a dragon on top of a well-known beauty spot in southern England. The fact that he was most likely an obscure third-century Roman, who had never been to the British Isles in his life, and is unlikely to have met a dragon, could be forgotten. He was heroic, he had a fine silver shield with a bold red cross on it, like a crusader. And the Londoners liked him and made him their own. When this author was a Wolf Cub and a Boy Scout in his childhood, he always had to march in the big St George’s Day parade, on the twenty-third day of this month !




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