A Minute’s Silence to Respect Those Affected by 'An Gorta Mór'

The Irish Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan, has asked all people of Irish heritage to observe the minute’s silence on Sunday to respect our ancestors who perished, suffered and emigrated during an Gorta Mór, a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852.


Weary men, what reap ye? Golden corn for the stranger.

What sow ye? Human corpses that wait for the avenger.

Fainting forms, hunger-stricken, what see you in the offing

Stately ships to bear our food away, amid the stranger's scoffing.

There's a proud array of soldiers—what do they round your door?

They guard our master's granaries from the thin hands of the poor.

Pale mothers, wherefore weeping? 'Would to God that we were dead—

Our children swoon before us, and we cannot give them bread


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Tags: An Gorta Mór, Famine

Comment by Bit Devine on May 11, 2014 at 9:38am
Pure evil ... And greed... That was the root of An Gorta Mor...

Speranza, Lady Wilde, the mother of Oscar, was a special sort. She was a supporter of the nationalist movement. She had a keen interest in Irish Fairytales
Comment by Walter Crawford on July 19, 2014 at 11:58pm

As Robert Burns said "Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn"  - certainly true of the potato famine!!!!


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