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Fr John O'Sullivan and the Famine Poor

Colum Kenny

This is the story of a remarkable man's efforts to help starving people during the Irish Great Famine. It reveals their terrible experiences inside and outside one of the national ‘workhouses' and throws new light on the relationship between class, religion, and poverty in Ireland before independence.
Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Wordwell Books
Language:
English
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913934156
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
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Overview
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This is the story of a remarkable man’s efforts to help starving people during the Irish Great Famine. It reveals their terrible experiences inside and outside one of the national ‘workhouses’ and throws new light on the relationship between class, religion, and poverty in Ireland before independence.

John O’Sullivan (1807-1874) was an independent-minded priest who clashed with bishops and landlords. He kept journals that have not been published. The author mines these and other sources, including eyewitness accounts, UK archives and Kerry’s workhouse minutes, for new insights into aspects of Irish society, including politics, proselytism, and the status of women.

About The Author
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Dr. Colum Kenny BL is Professor Emeritus, Dublin City University, a journalist and an honorary bencher of King’s Inns. Awarded the Irish Legal History Society’s Gold Medal, his books include histories of King’s Inns, an account of Irish emigration to the USA and, most recently, a biography of Arthur Griffith.

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