Over the course of the Great Famine, hundreds of thousands of Irish people were evicted from their homes.
As ruthless landlords showed no pity, eviction was a death sentence for many starving tenants who were made homeless.
It was inevitable these evictions provoked resistance. On November 2nd 1847, the most famous assassination of the Great Famine took place in North Roscommon.
This podcast details the background of this assassination and how it relates to the wider story of other mass evictions in Ireland in the late 1840s.
The episode also tries to assess who exactly was to blame for the evictions – Irish landlords facing bankruptcy or the British Government in London?
A fully referenced episode guide is available at patreon.com/irishpodcast
This podcast is sponsored by deburcararebooks.com/podcast Ireland’s largest stockist of rare books with titles from the 16th century to the present day.
Maamtrasna: The murders and The mystery by Jarlath Waldron This was the key source for my podcast series on the Maamtrasna Murders and contains numerous comtemporary accounts from what is one of the most enduring mysteries in Irish history.
The highly recommended “Transactions of the Central Relief Committee of the Society of Friends during the The Famine in Ireland” I have used this repeatedly throughout the series and is the source of quotes in this podcast. Its a hardback collection of accounts, reports and letters written by quakers who were helping famine victims.
The Great Irish Book of Genealogies. This is a beautiful translation of the five volume collection of medieval history, prose and poetry. The original was written in the mid 17th century making this translation a collectors item.
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