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The Dead Buried by the Dying: The Great Famine in Leitrim

The Dead Buried by the Dying: The Great Famine in Leitrim

Gerard MacAtasney

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This shocking new history records the history of the Great Famine in County Leitrim with unprecedented depth, making use of records that haven’t previously been used in any previous study.

This shocking new history records the history of the Great Famine in County Leitrim with unprecedented depth, making use of records that haven’t previously been used in any previous study.

The records reveal astounding details concerning the shape and longevity of the catastrophe. With this expansive coverage, MacAtasney seeks to reveal the extent to which both environmental conditions and the British authorities played a part in altering the life of County Leitrim forever - by way of death, disease and forced emigration.

In 1841 the population of Leitrim was 155,000; ten years later it had declined by forty thousand. MacAtasney’s absorbing study gives substance to these figures with astonishing revelations concerning the character of the famine in Leitrim. These revelations are as comprehensive as they are compelling, given that MacAtasney’s findings are contained within the most detailed account of the famine at a local level yet to be written.

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Author Gerard MacAtasney
Publisher Merrion
Publication date 26 May 2014
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781908928504

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