The Great Irish Famine

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Irish Books & Media, 1995 - History - 283 pages
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This is the most wide-ranging series of essays ever published on the Great Irish Famine and will prove of lasting interest to the general reader. Leading historians, economists, geographers - from Ireland, Britain and the United States - have assembled the most up-to-date research from a wide spectrum of disciplines including medicine, folklore and literature, to give the fullest account yet of the background and consequences of the famine. Contributors include Dr Kevin Whelan, Professor Mary Daly, Professor James Donnelly and Professor Cormac O Grada. The Great Irish Famine is the first major series of essays of the famine to be published in Ireland for almost fifty years.

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User Review  - Tara Brabazon - Goodreads

This is a considered, balance and evocative edited collection. Unusually for books of this type, the chapters and individual research projects do align and connect. There are specific studies of folk ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bruce Reiter - Goodreads

This is a thorough discussion of the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s. The edited work has the advantage of several authors writing about the facets of the Famine of which they are most interested or ... Read full review


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Pre and PostFamine Landscape Change
The Great Famine and Irish Politics

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About the author (1995)

Cathal Poirteir is an author, journalist and PPI-awardwinning broadcaster. He has worked with RTe Radio 1 for over thirty years, producing programmes on a variety of topics from current affairs and politics to drama, music and literature, with a particular focus on Irish language programming.

He has produced a number of CDs about Irish literature, including "Blasket Island Reflections", a series on the Blasket Island writers; "The Appeals of the Midnight Court", a documentary about the poet Brian Merriman; and "Traditional Tales of Wonder", a selection of folktales and legends from Donegal storyteller Mici Sheain Neill.

He is the author of "The Great Irish Famine", and "Famine Voices" and their Irish-language counterparts "Gneithe den Ghorta" and "Glortha on Ghorta". He is the editor of two collections - the short story collection "Scealta san Aer" and the poetry collection "eigse san Aer".

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