Famine Diary


Brendan O’Cathaoir

A unique record of the Great Famine, written with insight, detachment and empathy.

ISBN: 9780716527312 Categories: ,


Based on a wide selection of sources – contemporary newspapers, official correspondence and diaries – this book provides a graphic picture of conditions in the Irish countryside as the crisis developed. It combines analysis and an overview with a focus on the worst-hit areas. The relief efforts are presented where possible, frequently with the help of priests’ letters, from the perspective of the poor.

About the Author

Brendan O’Cathaoir ‎is a retired journalist and historian at The Irish Times.