By Laurence Power
The ardour that strength feels for his topic is clear. His kind is unobtrusive, his study broad and thorough... Irish Examiner
After a boyhood of tragedy and need, lifestyles starts off to seem brighter for Seán O’Brien as he enters manhood. As a skilled musician, the doorways of the wealthy are thrown open to him, and his preliminary good fortune permits him to dare dream of saving his family members from grinding poverty. In a convulsion of heritage, notwithstanding, his dream is to be challenged because the potato crop in eire succumbs to sickness and millions face a lingering demise by means of hunger. Set in Skibbereen and The Mizen, it is a gripping and relocating tale of Ireland’s ‘Great Hunger’, whilst the single break out from famine for many landless households was once flight to England or the USA. Many deserted their humble houses to get to harbours and quays in a bid to escape, yet for numerous millions their flight resulted in unmarked graves alongside the best way. Years of unremitting tragedy to alter the rustic endlessly, yet 12 months stood except the others, 1847. It entered the historical past books as Black ’47.