Marita Conlon-McKenna“The famine was a ghost and it stepped on to the ship with them.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Author Marita Conlon-McKenna wonders if she was a bit mad to take on another book about the Irish Famine. Her famine-themed children’s book, Under the Hawthorn Tree (1990) continues to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike and is used in history classrooms across the globe. She told Ryan Tubridy this morning that she couldn’t resist working on the topic again after …

Declan O'Rourke on chronicling The Famine‘When you went into the workhouse you were kind of considered the property of the workhouse’

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Declan O’Rourke and harpist Floriane Blancke came on Arena for a Studio 8 Session. Afterwards, Declan sat down with Sean Rocks to tell him about his new album, Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine, which features stories from the time of the Famine. Declan told Sean that a book called The Workhouses of Ireland by John O’Connor provided the inspiration for this project. He wanted to tell the story of his …