Paddy's LamentRegular price $17.99
By Thomas Gallagher
A highly engaging, yet heartbreaking account of the Irish’s plight due to the Great Potato Famine. Gallagher explains why and how the famine happened, but also details the agonizing human experience of life in Ireland and aboard devastatingly crowded ships in search of a better life in the U.S.
Ireland in the mid-1800s was primarily a population of peasants, forced to live on a single, moderately nutritious crop: potatoes. Suddenly, in 1846, an unknown and uncontrollable disease turned the potato crop to inedible slime, and all Ireland was threatened.
Brilliantly presented and powerfully written, Paddy's Lament is a gut-wrenching look at Ireland’s rural peasantry past and how The Great Potato Famine shaped the Irish-American community particularly in New York City. It also explains some of the deep rooted tensions within Northern Ireland. Paddy’s Lament is a must-read for anyone wanting to better understand the Irish community and identity.
Paperback, 368 pages