All Blog Posts Tagged 'An Gorta Mor' (27)

An Gorta Mor: The Great Hunger

This year 2017, is the 170th anniversary of the ‘great Hunger’ that befell Ireland in 1847. Otherwise known as ‘an Gorta mor’ or more commonly referred to as ‘Black ‘47’ it was a seminal turning point in the long tortuous history of…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on October 6, 2017 at 5:00pm — 7 Comments


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Remembering the Great Hunger Commemoration at Grosse île

In 1997, during the 150th anniversary of "Black '47," the worst year of the Great Hunger, many commemorations were held all around Ireland and the Irish Diaspora. I attended one of them on Grosse île and wrote the following about that experience.…

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Added by Joe Gannon on April 17, 2016 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Graphic Novel About The Great Hunger

Hello again, I know I am posting another great piece. This is about the Great Hunger in Ireland but its done in a totally new way - a graphic novel. I am hoping to get a copy for myself and give it a read.…

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Added by Catherine White on January 25, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

The Ottoman Empire and The Great Hunger

During the Great Hunger in Ireland the Ottoman Empire sent £1,000 sterling (about $1,500,000 today) and three shiploads of food to Drogheda, Ireland.

The Ottoman ruler at that time -- Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid – wanted to send…

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Added by Des Wade on July 25, 2015 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

The Choctaw Nation and The Great Hunger

A sculpture of nine eagle feathers by Alex Pentek has been installed in Midleton, County Cork, to thank the Choctaw Indians for their …

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Added by Des Wade on July 24, 2015 at 6:00am — 11 Comments

'Compassionate Stranger' -- An Intimate Glimpse at Famine-Era Ireland

Book Review:

"Compassionate Stranger: Asenath Nicholson and the Great Irish Famine"

By Maureen O’Rourke Murphy

Syracuse University Press, 2015

366 Pages…

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Added by Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ on April 19, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Tracing the Irish Potato Famine - Places to Visit in Ireland

Between the years of 1845 and 1852, Ireland’s population was reduced by about 20% due to the impacts of the Potato Famine, also known as The Great…

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Added by The Irish Tourism Group on March 2, 2015 at 2:30am — 4 Comments

The Women of Erin

During a 1986 interview with 1916 patriot Sam O’Reilly for the Irish Echo newspaper, Sam excused himself to retrieve some notes.  At that point, his wife Mary whispered, "Mike, would you ever tell our story?"  I said,…

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Added by Mike McCormack on February 28, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments


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Maureen Murphy Brings Asenath Nicholson Alive

Maureen Murphy’s book "Compassionate Stranger" was 44 years in the birthing.  Her biography of Asenath Hatch Nicholson brings back to life a…

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Added by Irish Cultural Society of GC on February 16, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Discussing 'The Great Hunger' with Dr. Christine Kinealy

Here's Christine's last book on Amazon.The following is a…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 25, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Town and a Landlord Before the Famine and a Field Called Ballybeggarman

Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore grew up in a town called Ballygar, County Galway -- today a lovely place on the road from Roscommon to Galway. In the 1820s, the Landlord decided he would build a town because…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 23, 2015 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Spirits Production Figures for Ireland in January, 1849

Sometimes we hear doubts about whether there was food in Ireland during "The Great Hunger." Please look at the whiskey production published in the Athlone Sentinel on April 25th in the report brief report below:

"The quantity distilled in Ireland for the year ending Jan. 5th, 1849 was of malt: 34,897 gals; malt with unmalted grain: 7,957,000 gals;…

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Added by Jarlath MacNamara on January 22, 2015 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

'The Great Hunger' in County Donegal

"Burying the Child" by Lilian Lucy Davidson…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 22, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

'The Great Hunger' in County Mayo

by Dr.…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 21, 2015 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

'The Great Hunger' -- How Many Died?

The Great Hunger was a natural calamity which was made into an appalling disaster by a selfish lack of assistance on the part of the British Parliament. Their disregard for large-scale human suffering in the land that…

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Added by Mike McCormack on January 20, 2015 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

'The Great Hunger' in County Roscommon

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 20, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

'The Great Hunger' in Dublin

by Dr. Christine Kinealy

While Dublin was less affected by the…

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Added by The Wild Geese on January 19, 2015 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

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