100 Words, 100 Days: Day 56. On The Great Famine.

'Skibbereen 1847' by Cork artist James Mahoney

Last night a friend and I had the pleasure of listening to three Irish writers read from novels they had written that were inspired by a period of history known as the Great Famine (1845-1852). The setting was the Jeanie Johnston, a Famine Ship that took emigrants from Ireland to America and Canada. It was renowned for never losing any of its passengers on the many journeys it made across the Atlantic.

I was humbled by my experience because 1) I love being in the company of other writers and 2) I still know very little about my country’s history. More on this soon.

 

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5 responses to “100 Words, 100 Days: Day 56. On The Great Famine.

  1. I am always amazed at how little I know of the history of the world. In all my years at school, I only had one history teacher that knew how to enrich and enliven a class with his lessons.

  2. I read up on some of the history, as I had to research a famine for back history for my novel that I created (my boy’s ancestors going way way back to prehistory).

    Did you know that people had to resort to bleeding cattle and mixing the blood with butter and salt for sustenance?

    Horrific history, and it changed Ireland forever…

  3. Pingback: 100 Words, 100 Days: Day 61. On History. | Aardvarkian Tales

  4. Pingback: 100 Words, 100 Days: Day 63. On a Sense of Community. | Aardvarkian Tales

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