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At the Famine Pot: A Whispered History of Ireland's Great Hunger, 1845-1851
Breandán Mac Suibhne, Centenary College

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"Disturbing Remains: A Story of Black '47" (Article)
Title: "Disturbing Remains: A Story of Black '47"
Author: Breandon Aodh Mac Suibhne
Abstract: A doctor’s notes shed light on how Famine led to ‘moral degradation’ and murder in west Cork
Year: 2018
Primary URL: http://
Format: Newspaper
Periodical Title: Irish Times

Subjects Lacking Words?: The Gray Zone of the Great Famine (Book)
Title: Subjects Lacking Words?: The Gray Zone of the Great Famine
Author: Breandan Mac Suibhne
Abstract: In the time of Ireland's Great Famine, poor people were, in places, so "reduced" that they treated each other with brutal callousness. Husbands abandoned wives and children. Mothers snatched food from the hands of infants. Neighbours stole each other's rations. People even killed for food. And this callousness extended to the dead. Human bodies were dumped in mass graves or left unburied to be ravaged by dogs and pigs, rats, ravens, and gulls. There were reports too of cannibalism. In later years, some people, who themselves suffered in the 1840s, were ashamed of having failed to offer human solidarity to others in distress. Yet if there were subjects lacking words—things difficult to describe or explain—those who had been to the abyss did talk of it. Survivors of other humanitarian crises have shown human beings to be remarkably resilient. And, in the case of Ireland, there is no basis for the facile and insular notion that the Great Famine was "so deeply tragic as to be too traumatic to recall".
Year: 2017
Publisher: Cork University Press/Quinnipiac University Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes