Figures in a Famine Landscape

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Pub. Date: 2016-09-08
Publisher(s): Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Figures in a Famine Landscape is a ground-breaking study that follows a number of individuals involved in different public capacities in a particularly afflicted district of Ireland during the Great Famine. The thinking and actions of each had a major effect on the existences - and the survival - of scores of thousands of the destitute poor in Ireland at a crucial point in the country's history. Among these figures are an outspoken newspaper editor; two clergymen (one Catholic, one Protestant); two highly qualified and busy physicians; two landlords and an exterminating agent; a Board of Works official and a Poor Law inspector.

Taking an exhaustive approach to source material that includes private diaries, letters, official reports and correspondence, police files, parliamentary papers and a wealth of newspapers, in this enthralling study the author builds up an in-depth, almost microscopic picture of each individual, providing a unique and very human lens through which to view the Great Famine.

Author Biography

Ciarán Ó Murchadha is based at the Department of History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His book about a single community in County Clare during the Great Famine, Sable Wings Over the Land, was published in 1998.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1. John Busteed Knox, Newspaper Editor
2. The Abrasive Captain Wynne
3. John Singleton: The Responsible Country Gentleman
4. Bickering Physicians: P.M. Cullinan and Michael Healy
5. The Parish Incumbent: Rev. Henry Murphy
6. The Exterminator General: Marcus Keane of Beech Park
7. Fr Michael Meehan and the Little Ark
8. Cabin-Tumbling Warrior: Crofton Moore Vandeleur
9. Reluctant Hero: Captain A.E. Kennedy
10. Figures in a Famine Landscape
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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