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on 4 April 2010
This is a excellent book on what the Great Famine must have felt like for those who tried to survive with honour. But is that the way it is seen by the thousands who were to suffer, die, emigrate or who simply were not so relatively luckly?

Despite the horrific scale of the trauma, its oral history is virtually unspoken in Ireland. This book shows why those who suffered and those who survived would prefer to stay silent. Along with the War of Independence and the Civil War, no doubt the Great Famine is at the root of many family loyalties and divisions down the generations.

Based in east Mayo, presumably somewhere around Swinford, it shows how the Great Famine ravaged communties and families. In parallel, it also tells the story of early Irish navvies, working on the English railroads.

A gripping and well researched story.
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