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?
New York City’s Blackout of 1977. The first day in one of its longest and hottest heat waves on record brought about many of New York’s deep rooted issues – namely economic decline and growing crime – and plunged the city into darkness for 25 hours. Though the streets emptied of traffic, arson, looting and rampant crime threw the city into disarray. To this day, July 13, 1977 is remembered as one of the most infamous days in New York’s history.




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