In Terrible Discordance is a provocative study of the
Great Irish Famine; it investigates, through newspapers of the
Famine period, the extent to which many of the nobility, gentry, and upper classes
in general, along with many from the middle class, attempted to hold
onto a way of life that was in stark contrast with the cataclysmic
events that were going on around them.
This book, which concentrates on County Cork, is certainly
representative of the country as a whole, and anyone who has ever
read anything about the Great Irish Famine will welcome this
book. It makes no attempt to minimise the horror and suffering
experienced during the Famine; rather, it attempts to put that
suffering into its proper context.
Over 1200 letters, articles and advertisements from Cork-based newspapers
from the years 1846-1849 inclusive.
will be astounded!!
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- 400 pages)
Woman in Clonakilty begging for
money to bury her dead child
Fashions for 1848
This book (see extracts below) brings a new dimension to our
understanding of the Great Irish Famine
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spite of the rain and storm, the charms of Haydn’s glorious
oratorio The Creation, crowded the ball-room of the Imperial
– rather both rooms, for the supper room was equally full
– to inconvenience, with one of the largest and most
fashionable assemblages ever witnessed in Cork.
There could not have been less, in all, than 600.
(C.E., 5 Jan. 1848)
of Prime Mild Flavoured Hams
Marsh begs leave to announce that he has received instructions
to sell by auction at his Great Rooms, South Mall, Cork,
on Thursday next, 25th March, at the hour of one o'clock,
fifty five casks (Containing about 5 tons) of very prime (half
sugar and half salt) Cured Hams averaging about 9 lbs each.
The above are of Rich Mild Flavour and will be sold in lots to
suit the purchasers.
N.B. A dressed sample will be produced at the
Auction. Terms Cash.
(C.E., 24 Mar. 1847)
Ed O'Riordan's latest book The
Case of Fr. Nicholas Sheehy is available on www.galteemore.com
Feasting, Banquets, Hunting, Racing, Education, Fine Wine, Fresh
Imported Fruits, Champagne and Brandy, Prime Hams, Dress Balls,
Theatre, Concerts, Picnics all seem unlikely subject matter for
advertisements, letters and articles during the Great Irish Famine, but they are there in many
hundreds. The author - who has a first honours degree in
History - has spent many years researching and compiling the
material and is about to publish what is surely a ground
You can be part of that project!
To be published on 2 November 2011 (See below)
“The sound of the huntsman’s horn
and the yelping pack, mingle in terrible discordance with the groans
of the dying parent, and the cries of children perishing for lack of food….”
Reporter in Limerick Reporter, 19 Mar. 1847)
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