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Sable Wings Over the Land

Sable Wings Over the Land

Ciarán Ó Murchadha

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This book looks at Ennis, County Clare, and its wider community during the Great Famine.

This publication focuses on a single community allowing the author to highlight the cumulative and shattering impact of disastrous government relief policies on a population rendered prostrate by repeated failures of the potato harvest.

He outlines in turn the shambles of the public works, the loathed soup kitchens, and most horrifically the appalling disease and mortality that occurred both inside and outside the Ennis Union workhouse and its auxiliaries after 1847.

Among the topics which this book illuminates are a huge upsurge in violent and non-violent crime, desperate individual attempts to survive by stealing, and collective attempts to prevent the outward movement of food supplies.

The brutal outrages of secret societies, and harsh judicial reaction also feature, in addition to the unsympathetic and often indifferent attitude displayed by officials at all levels towards those whose misery they were appointed to relieve.

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Author Ciarán Ó Murchadha
Publisher Clasp Press
Publication date 1 Jan 1998
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781900545051

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